Allen Planning Return to the Hill

Josh Allen is hearing about North Carolina from many different angles.

Expected sources such as UNC's coaching staff and Allen's former Jacksonville (Fla.) University Christian teammate and UNC signee Marquis Haynes are talking up the Tar Heels. The 6-foot-3, 280-pound offensive guard is also hearing about the Tar Heels from UNC pledge Caleb Henderson and current Tar Heel Kendrick Singleton.

The result of this attention? UNC remains as Allen's unquestioned leader, even though months have passed since a March visit to Chapel Hill put the Tar Heels atop his list.

"It's just that home feeling," Allen said. "Everybody shows me love. Everybody gives me love and support. It's an awesome school – a very awesome school. The coaches are nice, the people are nice, the campus is beautiful – I can't say anything bad about the place."

In spite of those feelings, Allen hasn't thought about taking the next step and verbally committing to UNC.

"I think as I get up and visit North Carolina again, I'll have a better idea," Allen said. "Most likely, [I'll commit] at the start of my high school season."

Allen is attempting to return to Chapel Hill for UNC's "Fedora Freak Show" in June. If that doesn't materialize, he says he'll likely visit during the latter part of June.

Besides UNC, Allen, who hasn't made any recruiting trips since that March visit to UNC, is looking to visit Florida State, Georgia, and Kentucky this summer.

The lack of visits hasn't slowed down Allen's recruitment, though. He is quickly approaching two dozen scholarship offers.

Allen says he communicates with UNC at least once a week. That communication isn't exclusively with one or two coaches, but he does speak most often with Dan Disch, who recruits the Jacksonville area for UNC, and Chris Kapilovic, UNC's offensive line coach.

"They talk to me about normal stuff, like how my day went or what did I do today," Allen said. "They tell me how things are going at North Carolina."

Since he committed to UNC in April, Henderson has taken it upon himself to assist in the Tar Heels' recruiting efforts. One of his targets is Allen.

"He's definitely been talking to me," Allen said with a laugh. "He's trying to get to know me. He told me that he saw my highlights. He's giving me advice, but he's not pressuring me or telling me to commit. He told me why he picked North Carolina and how he did it, but he told me to pick the school that's right for me. He's a great guy."

Allen has known Singleton, who is a rising sophomore wide receiver for UNC, for a while. In addition to playing against one another, Singleton lives near Allen's grandmother.

"He's just telling me how great the place is and he's giving me advice," Allen said.

More than anything else, Haynes is also giving Allen advice. But despite attending the same high school, Allen admits that the two haven't spoken nearly as much recently as Haynes's sole focus has been on preparing for his UNC career.

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