Aurora high school (Neb.) tight end Austin Allen hit Nebraska on Saturday for junior day, a day after seeing his basketball team get bounced from Class B state tournament.
“It went great,” said Austin, who also holds offers from Iowa State and UCF beyond Nebraska. “I learned a lot of things about the program and their coaching staff. The staff really impressed me. It was nice to see them take time out of their day to talk to me.
“There was a sense that they wanted me to be there. They want me to play football there, so taking the visit was more meaningful than previous trips.”
Pegged as a player many felt would commit while in Lincoln, Allen hinted to Scout.com a decision could be further down the road.
“If other schools show they are really interested, I’m probably going to get to know their coaching staffs as well and how they interact with their players,” said Allen. “The next school I would probably check out would be UCLA. They have started to talk to me a lot.
“My parents really liked it. They have always liked Nebraska and they were impressed by the coaching staff as well. They asked me what I wanted to do and I said ‘I like the coaching staff, but want to wait to see what happens the next couple of weeks, maybe into the summer.’”
Allen says he spent much of the Huskers’ practice session paying attention to the coaching staff, not the tight end position.
“I know Nebraska has great facilities and are known for football, so I was watching the coaches, seeing how they treat players,” said Allen. “That is who I’m going to be hanging out with for the next four to five years if I choose the school.
“At Aurora, we have fun; we bicker back and fourth and joke like they do (offense vs. defense). If I would go to Nebraska, it would be like I’m used to. It wouldn’t really change that much. I like that.”