Allen Attends Spring Game

Despite his verbal commitment to Georgia, Dwayne Allen attended North Carolina's Spring Game Saturday to, in a way, appease his mother.

"I believe that every parent would like their child to play closer to home just so they have the opportunity to see them more often," said Allen. "So I figured I'd give the in-state schools a chance."

However, Allen's mother wasn't the only one who wanted the 6-foot-4, 235-pound tight end from Fayetteville (N.C.) Sanford to unofficially visit UNC on Saturday.

"She wanted me to and I like the coaching staff up there," said Allen. "Last time I visited Carolina, it just felt like they had a winning atmosphere."

Last December, Allen verbally committed to Georgia.

"I'm committed – you know," said Allen, with a slight hesitation. "That's where I'm going, unless another school makes an impression on me. And that's where I want to go, right now."

North Carolina is one school beginning to make that impression and Saturday's visit did nothing but further those efforts.

"It sure is [starting to make an impression on me]," said Allen.

"The [signees] – Mike Paulus, Marvin Austin, Jay Wooten, Greg Little – they were all up there [Saturday]. They are all great at recruiting. Though they signed their [National] Letter of Intent and are not actually at the school yet, they're still doing their part as far as trying to get guys to come to their school to make the program better."

Conversations with primary recruiter Tommy Thigpen and position coach Steve Hagen are also assisting UNC's chances.

"My decision is going to be based on where I'm needed, not so much where I'm wanted," said Allen. "And Carolina is definitely a place where I'm needed and Coach Hagen made that known when I went up there and talked to him.

"He wasn't all ‘Dwayne you come here, you're going to play as a freshman.' That never came out of his mouth. What he said was that, if I came there and I was the best, then I would get the opportunity to play.

"[Hagen] told me how their offense is different from the old staff's, because they use a tight and an H-back. So they're a little shorthanded [with tight ends]. He talked to me about the different formations where they have two tight ends and where he pictures me at."

This was a return trip for Allen, who attended a Tar Heel Junioe Day in March. He also attended one of N.C. State's spring practices. Over the summer, Allen plans to camp at Clemson, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, and N.C. State.

Furthermore, he plans on taking all five of his allotted official visits.

Regardless, Allen maintains his commitment to Georgia.

"For now, I'm pretty firm," said Allen. "Yeah, I'm pretty firm. If anything happens it's going to happen after my senior season."

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