Pack Takes Lead for 2013 Standout

NC State is the early team to beat for Ashburn (VA) Stone Bridge standout defensive end Jonathan Allen. Pack Pride has the latest on the 2013 prospect's recruitment.

The state of Virginia is home to some of the region's top talent on a yearly basis in and current crop of rising juniors from the Commonwealth seems especially strong.

One of the top rising juniors in Virginia, Jonathan Allen, has received four verbal offers, including one from NC State, and he has the Pack at the top of his list.

Allen, a 6-foot-3, 225-pound defensive end from Stone Bridge, has offers from NC State, UVa, Boston College and Wake Forest, which is more than a little impressive for a prospect his age.

"Tennessee is also showing a lot of interest," Allen noted, throwing the Vols in with the schools that have offered. "Right now I like all of the schools recruiting me but I'd have to say I like NC State the most out of all of them."

What has the Pack done to make such a strong impression?

"I just like the friendly atmosphere and it's close to home," Allen told Pack Pride. "I like the coaches and the coordinators, especially Coach (Keith) Willis. I haven't been there for a visit but I have been there for a couple of camps."

Allen mentioned that he's also very interested in both in-state schools, Virginia and Virginia Tech, so the Pack will have plenty of competition over the next year between now and whenever Allen decides to make his choice.

"I've been to UVa for a camp but I haven't really visited. That was this summer," Allen recalled. "They offered around the passing camp in late June. I didn't really get to see much of the school because I was mainly just there for the camp, but Virginia is another school I want to look into."

When asked what the biggest factors will be in his decision Allen was clear.

"I want a really good, experienced defensive line coach, a good academic program and a chance to win," Allen noted.

Allen is teammates with Ryan Burns, one of the region's top rising junior quarterbacks, and the two prospects plan on taking an unofficial visit to Tennessee before the end of the summer. Allen acknowledged that plenty of people around his hometown would love to see him stay in the state, especially if he ended up at Virginia Tech, but he doesn't feel too pressured.

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