Allen talks commitment

It was never a decision that Taariq Allen was comfortable with. The standout wide receiver from Weston (Mass.) The Rivers School felt some pressure to stay closer to home when he originally chose UConn. After reconsidering the right place turned out to be Nebraska.

Ask Taariq Allen about his decision to choose Nebraska and the first thing that you will hear is the word "family". The 6-foot-3 and 180-pound wide receiver is from a tight family and wanted a tight team.

"I always tell everyone that I am big on family," Allen said. "I am tight on finding a team that is a family because I will be leaving mine here and I get that from Nebraska. I connected with Coach Ted Gilmore and just felt comfortable there and with their coaches."

What's interesting is that Allen saw Nebraska before he picked up an offer from UConn and ultimately committed to them. He says that despite his commitment that Nebraska never completely escaped his mind.

"I always had Nebraska in my sights and the UConn commitment was just a verbal. I thought that my commitment to UConn was for other people and not for me. I had to back off it and make a decision that was best for me."

What Nebraska gets out of this deal is a big, long and athletic receiving target. He sees himself working out of the "X" spot in Lincoln and knows that in their weight program that he will add good weight to his frame.

"I am a big target, I am 6-foot-3, and playing the X receiver is where I see myself. I am tall, but I can add weight and size to my frame at Nebraska. I like catching passes, but I understand playing offense is a team effort. I need to be able to block and catch passes."

Allen has seen Nebraska on TV a few times already this season and he's impressed with the high octane offense and the red shirt freshman quarterback, Taylor Martinez. He likes how young the offensive side of the ball is.

"I know that Taylor is young, but for him to come in and start shows he's focused. He's good running and throwing the football, but he's getting better and he's going to continue to get better."

Allen said that he has set up an official visit for the day after Thanksgiving to see Nebraska play Colorado.

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