Allen Gets UNC Experience

Dwayne Allen has visited North Carolina – as he puts it – "20 million times." Consequently, much of this past weekend's official visit was spent furthering relationships with the coaching staff.

"I had fun," Allen said. "It was cool getting their perception of what they thought of me and whether or not I could help them."

Allen, a 6-foot-4, 230-pound jumbo athlete from Fayetteville (N.C.) Sanford, is being recruited as a tight end by UNC. Thus, much of his time was spent with UNC's tight ends coach, Steve Hagen.

"We just talked about where he felt I could contribute in this class," Allen said. "They said I could be used as both an H-back and a tight end.

"He also talked about state schools getting in-state talent."

Those topics were endorsed by Butch Davis, as well as others, during a visit-closing meeting with Allen.

"[We discussed] just the success that he's had with coaching some of the best tight ends not only in college football but in the [National Football] League," Allen said.

Allen's high school basketball season prevented his official visit from actually starting until Saturday afternoon. Therefore, he stayed in Chapel Hill until Monday morning nearly a day after most visitors had left.

Greg Little hosted Allen throughout the weekend.

"It was fun," Allen said. "He's a cool guy."

Little showed Allen what it's like to be a player at UNC – another major aspect Allen wasn't able to participate in during previous visits.

"[I discovered] how easy it was to mesh with some of the other guys," Allen said. "[I was] getting their perspective of guys who are from North Carolina that are playing on the team [and] some of the younger guys that got the opportunity to play."

To date, Allen has taken official visits to Florida State and Georgia. He'll round out his official visit slate with trips to Clemson and Virginia Tech the next two weekends.

Allen is back to playing the "no comment" card when referring to his Georgia verbal commitment.

A shift in Georgia's and Florida State's coaching staff might have had a slight effect on his recruitment. David Johnson, UGa's tight ends coach, left for West Virginia. However, he was replaced by John Lilly, who was coaching tight ends at FSU.

"As far as the Georgia standpoint, it doesn't effect [the situation]," Allen said. "I was closer to Coach Lilly at Florida State than I was with Coach Johnson."

Future interviews with Allen will be rare until after he signs his National Letter-of-Intent. He said he plans to turn his cell phone off as he focuses on a difficult homestretch of his recruitment.

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