Notre Dame’s desire to add another offensive lineman to its recruiting haul has the Irish showing interest in four-star tackle Patrick Allen out of Franklin High School in Reisterstown, Md.
Irish assistant coach Scott Booker reached out last week to the Semper Fidelis All-American and Allen expects to hear back soon on a potential offer.
“They haven’t offered or anything but they have interest,” Allen said. “He hit me up letting me know they had interest in me and stuff like that. He said they need to check my grades and then possibly trying to get me to come out and take a visit.”
An offer from the Irish would give Allen another option to consider before announcing his college decision on National Signing Day.
“It sounds good,” he said. “I like Notre Dame a lot so I’d have to think about it.”
Tristen Hoge, Trevor Ruhland and Jerry Tillery already have committed to the Irish. Tillery is projected to start his career on the defensive side of the ball, a decision that could have contributed to the Irish looking for another offensive lineman in the 2015 recruiting cycle.
Regardless of how the Irish got to this point, Allen could fill a need.
He holds more than two dozen offers and is among the top-ranked linemen in the senior class.
Allen has already taken all five of his official visits so he’d have to foot the bill for a trip to South Bend. Until then, he’ll continue to evaluate all of his options.
“I’m just undecided,” he said. “I’m just thinking about all my schools and taking my time.”
Allen used official visits to Arkansas, Georgia, Michigan, Oklahoma and Tennessee. He considers those schools, along with Notre Dame, South Carolina and Tennessee among his leaders.
Last weekend, Allen helped lead the East to a 24-3 win over the West in the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl in Carson, Calif. He was one of four East squad captains.
“I had a lot of fun,” he said. “I had a lot of dawgs on my team, a bunch of guys that could play, so it was cool to just play with them.”