Allen Looking Around?

Fayetteville (NC) Terry Sanford star Dwayne Allen recently visited NC State. How interested in the Wolfpack is the 2008 Georgia commitment?

Dwayne Allen committed to Georgia in early December, electing to end his recruitment early after an unofficial visit to Athens.

Programs such as NC State, Ole Miss, North Carolina and Virginia Tech had already offered Allen a scholarship, but he felt at home at Georgia.

"I was down there for the Tennessee and Georgia Tech games," said Allen. "Just seeing the atmosphere, I knew it was a place I wanted to be. They have a great coaching staff down there. It was also important that I knew what position I was going to play because the Georgia coaches told me I would play tight end."

Allen's head coach, Wayne Inman, is familiar with the Bulldogs as well. His son, Daniel, was a three-year starter at Georgia who recently completed his career at the SEC school.

Despite the early commitment, Allen is open to schools continuing to pursue him.

"I don't mind it at all if schools continue to recruit me," he said. "It doesn't both me at all. You never know what can happen."

NC State held the early lead for Allen... he will be the first to tell you that. A big fan of Chuck Amato, Allen started to really look in another direction after Amato was dismissed.

"Before I got the Georgia offer, NC State was in first," said Allen. "Then I caught wind of coach Amato leaving, and I became unsure. NC State was the first college football game I ever went to, and I was blown away by the atmosphere. NC State was definitely in first and then I caught wind of coach Amato leaving so I started to look around. I got the Georgia offer, went down there, and was totally blown away."

NC State remains in hot pursuit of Allen. New Wolfpack head coach Tom O'Brien visited his high school in January, and issued an invite for Allen to take an unofficial visit to Raleigh for NC State's basketball game against North Carolina.

"It was a great matchup between State and Carolina," said Allen. "I'm a big basketball fan, and it was a great game.

"I came up... the visit was to see the campus a little more and to see the NC State atmosphere. It's a beautiful campus, and I really liked coach O'Brien. He's a great guy. I had the opportunity to sit down with him before the NC State game and he's great. NC State's going to have a great season this year. Sometimes it's hard to make a transition to a new coach, but I don't think it will be for them."

Although he enjoyed the unofficial visit, Allen's commitment remains firm.

"I'm pretty solid with Georgia right now," he stated.

An all-conference selection, Allen totaled 25 catches for 551 yards and one touchdown as a junior. At 6-foot-4 and 230 pounds, he is considered one of the state's top jumbo athletes in the 2008 class.

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