Notre Dame certainly has some work to do in order to improve its secondary play. The Irish recently held it's first junior day for the 2007 recruiting class and cornerback Dionte Allen (5-11, 170) made the trip to South Bend.
"Yes it's true," Allen said when asked if he was being heavily recruited by the Irish. "That was my first time going to Notre Dame, and it is kind of like Orchard Lakes St. Mary's. I liked it. I liked the coaches. They told me what they were looking for. They were upfront with me and I liked that."
"When you're going through the recruiting process everyone is going to tell you what you want to hear, but it wasn't like that," Allen said of his conversation with the Notre Dame coaches. "They said they were only going to take a certain amount of kids and you have to be on your "A" game. I liked that.
"We broke up into our area coaches. Coach Haywood recruits our area. He talked to us and explained to us about what they except from players. When we broke out by position I was with coach (Bill) Lewis the defensive back coach."
"Coach Lewis was nice," Allen said of the Irish secondary coach. "He said he saw my film and that he liked it. We didn't really start talking until we got to the basketball game. That was when we started building a relationship. We went over some plays and I understood what they were doing, so we just talked about that. I really liked him. He was upfront too. That's what I look at, having a relationship with your position coach where you can talk to him about anything."
Generally recruits have a perception of how a college will be prior to taking a visit. Allen said everything was what he expect although he was surprised by the size of the Notre Dame campus.
"It was different," Allen said of the Notre Dame visit. "I went to a basketball game and not a football game. I heard it's really crazy up there for football games. I was surprised because I didn't think the campus was that small. That's not a bad thing, because like I said, it's like St. Mary's.
Allen grew up a Wolverine fan and it has been said that Michigan will be very difficult to beat for Allen's services. Allen said that he likes Michigan a lot, but that he is going to look around before he makes his college decision.
"I'm looking at every opportunity that I have right now. I'm going to every school that I'd prefer to go to," Allen said of his recruitment. "Everything is different at every school. Maybe one school is a little different with academics or something else. That's how I'm looking at it."
"Along with Michigan, my top five is Florida State, Ohio State, Notre Dame and Miami," Allen said of his current list of top schools. "Michigan and Michigan State have offered and Ohio State sounds like they're going to do it (offer).
Allen already has some solid offers, and if a school doesn't jump in with a scholarship offer quickly it might be too late.
"They didn't talk about that at all," Allen replied when asked if Notre Dame offered him a scholarship. "They sounded very excited. They said when they get done with their senior class that they'd be coming around."
With a Michigan offer in hand Allen has the offer that he's waited a lifetime to receive. Has he decided when he'd like to announce his decision?
"I think about that all the time," Allen said when asked if he knew when he would announce his college decision. "Sometimes I think I want to get it over with so I can have a good senior year, but if you wait you can get so many other opportunities."
"It's possible, yes." Allen replied when asked if there was a chance for a school outside of Michigan to sign him.