Thomas Allen knew his trip to NC State would be his final visit, but he didn't know that before leaving campus he would verbally commit to the Wolfpack.
"It just felt right," Allen said of his commitment to NC State. "I had a great visit, my family was there... I don't know, it just felt right.
"Coach Gottfried seemed really happy about it, and coach Butch left to room to get everybody and they all congratulated me."
NC State has landed a commitment from Garner (NC) point guard . Allen committed after his weekend official visit.
Allen had narrowed his focus to NC State, Nebraska, and Saint Louis last week. While on campus at NC State he was able to interact with the players, and he really connected with one future teammate.
"I had a good time talking with Markell [Johnson]," said Allen. "We talked a lot about what his time has been like at NC State and what it could be like playing together. I think we could be a good fit together in the backcourt because he's really good at driving and making plays."
What was the highlight of the visit for Allen?
"I liked watching the team practice," he stated. "They've got some really good pieces this year, and the practice was intense. They were getting after it on both ends.
"Torin [Dorn] really surprised me. I didn't know a lot about him, but he impressed me with how hard he got after it. He was always first in the drills, sprinting, things like that."
A four-star recruit, Allen grew up in Garner (NC) and played his high school ball at Garner High School before transferring to Brewster Academy (NH) for his senior season. He is considered one of the top shooters in his class and played his prep ball with Garner Road, the same AAU program that Wolfpack star T.J. Warren and current guard Terry Henderson suited up for.
"Thomas Allen is a high-level shot maker and scorer," said Scout.com Recruiting Director Evan Daniels. "He shoots it well from deep, but is also crafty off the bounce and has developed a nice floater that he's confident in. NC State wanted to add a shooter and they are getting a good one.'
"Thomas Allen is someone I pushed hard for 4-star status," added Scout.com Recruiting Analyst Brian Snow. "Even though his measurables don't indicate a big-time player, he is super-skilled and has an excellent feel for the game.
"At around 6-feet tall he is one of the shortest shooting guards you will find, but he makes up for it with an elite skill in shooting the ball and a tremendous idea of how to play the game."
NC State plans on using Allen at both guard spots, as he is capable of playing on and off the ball. Last week he told Pack Pride that he was closing in on a decision, and he elected to stay at home.
"It feels great," said Allen. "Just being able to play in the ACC at NC State... it's just minutes from my house. It was the right decision."
Allen is NC State's first commitment in the 2017 recruiting class.null