Notre Dame offered 6-foot-6, 240-pound defensive end Michael Allen on Monday morning.
The three-star Buford (Ga.) Lanier prospect learned of the offer from Irish assistant Scott Booker.
“I figured an offer could come any time now,” Allen said. “But it was still a great feeling when I got the offer. Coach Booker told me to call him today, and that’s when he offered. We have been talking for a while, so we already have a good relationship.”
Allen, who also claims offers from Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Kentucky, Louisville, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Tennessee, South Carolina and Vanderbilt, admitted his knowledge of the Irish is minimal so far.
“All I know right now is that it’s a good football team and they have good coaches,” Allen said.
So far this spring Allen has visited Alabama, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Tennessee and Wake Forest.
“I don’t have a top five or anything like that, but I have a few favorites,” Allen said. “Wake Forest, Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee and South Carolina.”
Allen travels back to Tennessee on Tuesday for a spring practice and makes return trips to Georgia and Wake Forest later in the week.
Per Allen, the Demon Deacons have hosted him three or four times already.
“I really like the staff and it’s a great school,” Allen said. “I like the small class sizes because I feel like I can actually learn something.”
Notre Dame parallels Wake Forest in enrollment size.
“Coach Booker talks to me a little bit about academics, but not much,” Allen said. “It’s mostly about football. I would like to learn more about the academics though. I want to major in engineering or psychology.”
Asked if Notre Dame is a school he plans to visit this summer, Allen didn’t hesitate in answering.
“Oh yes, definitely.”