Two-way star Asher Allen has been sifting through 18 written offers early in the recruiting process. The last time we spoke with Allen, Notre Dame had verbally offered him a scholarship. Since then, Allen's scholarship came in writing, and he's learned a lot more about Notre Dame.
"Yeah, the written offer did come," said Allen of his offer from Notre Dame. "I think the last time I talked to you I didn't really know much about Notre Dame. That's all changed now. Coach Weis and coach Lewis came to my school. They talked to my principal. I didn't get to talk to them because of the rules, but I did later.
In fact, the last time we spoke, Allen wasn't sure who was coaching Notre Dame at the present time.
"I got informed real quick when I got a look at those four Super Bowl rings," Allen said with a laugh. "When you think about that, that's pretty impressive."
Not only was Allen impressed with Weis, but he was also impressed with what he learned about Irish defensive backs coach, Bill Lewis.
"Coach Lewis has been there at the highest level. He's coached a lot of great defensive backs. You know what he's telling you, that's the best information you're going to get out there. He's got a lot of experience at the highest level. You've got to be interested in that."
The good news for Notre Dame fans is that Allen says he plans to take a trip up to Notre Dame pretty soon.
"I'm going to go up there for an unofficial visit in June," Allen said of Notre Dame. "I want to know more about them, check out their campus, see what it's like there, meet some of the players--just get a feel for Notre Dame.
"I'm going to try to go to a bunch of schools over the summer to see what they have to offer."
We asked Allen if he planned to make an early decision at this point.
"I plan to have my list down to a top seven by the end of summer," Allen said. "I'll then start to take my visits in September. I think the first I can take is September 1. Once I take all five of my visits, I should be able to decide."
Will distance from home be a factor for Allen?
"The best thing about Notre Dame is they're on TV every week," Allen said. "You play in a different NFL city every weekend if you're in the NFL so I might as well get used to it. Also, my brother works for Delta (Airlines). Flying is free for me. I just need to get a buddy pass and I can fly anywhere."
Comments: The Irish have certainly made a positive impression on Allen since the last time we spoke. We didn't think Notre Dame had much of a chance earlier. If he takes an unofficial visit, they could have a real chance to land this top player. He really seemed excited when talking about Notre Dame.