Allen waiting on the Irish
Center Brian Allen of Hinsdale (Ill.) Central is hoping to hear some good news from Notre Dame this week. "I'm supposed to call Coach [Harry] Hiestand this week and figure out if I'm getting an offer," Allen said. "The coaches really want me to visit this spring, so I want to find out if I'm getting offered. I want to get all that set up this week." Allen says a Notre Dame offer would certainly push the Irish into contention. "Notre Dame is known for their history, and I really like that," Allen said. "I'm sure I'll feel it when I step on campus. They just have a great program." So far, Allen has eight offers, including Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan State, Mississippi, Purdue and Wisconsin, and the 6-foot-2, 265-pound prospect is hearing often from Notre Dame, Ohio State, Boston College, and schools in the SEC. However, Allen says he stands firm about making a spring decision. "I still plan on deciding this spring," Allen said. "I got my first offer when I was 14 from Iowa. The very next day I was shown on ESPN. I've had a couple of years on all of the other kids to get on campus and to look at places. I've been to every school on my list except for Notre Dame. I've seen every Big 10 school except for Penn State. I have eight offers, but I don't have any real favorites. They are all good opportunities." If Notre Dame does offer near the time of Allen's decision deadline, how does that affect the Irish's chances? "If someone jumps on late, I'm not going to ignore them, especially a program like Notre Dame," he said. "An offer from Notre Dame would be eye-opening. I would take a couple more weeks to decide if I needed to." Allen says ultimately he'll go somewhere that can offer him a combination of all the aspects he's looking for in a school. "I'll go where I feel the most comfortable," Allen said. "I want somewhere that's good for me on the football field and for academics. I would also like to be able to contribute early; if I redshirt, I would like to play a lot the following year." As time has progressed, leaving the Midwest has become an option for Allen. "I thought location was going to be a factor in the beginning, but now, I just want to find the best fit for me," Allen said. Allen will visit Michigan State the weekend of March 8 and Wisconsin on March 16.
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