Building Relationships a Priority for Allen

Michigan has a number of big-time college football prospects, and one of the best is Dionte Allen of Saint Mary's Prep high school (Orchard Lake, Mich.). The standout cornerback has the top schools from around the country asking him to accept their scholarship offer, but as of now only a handful remain.'s No. 13-rated cornerback prospect Dionte Allen (6-0, 170 pounds) has been a priority for Notre Dame, but it's always seemed like the Irish have been fighting an uphill battle. Notre Dame still has some work to do, but they have at least kept the main pack within sight.

"When I put down my list of schools they're top four," Allen said when asked where the Irish stood heading into the summer. " Florida State, Michigan, Notre Dame and Ohio State. Then I'll add in USC and Miami in case something changes.

"I'm keeping everything open so Notre Dame's chances are the same as the others. I like coach Weis. In fact, I just got off the phone with him. I've got a good relationship with coach Weis. He wants me to come to Notre Dame, but we really don't talk football. We talk about different things other than football and have a nice relationship."

Notre Dame's coach isn't the only solid relationship Allen has forged during his recruitment. All the schools in his final group have coaches that he has built a bond with over the last several months.

"I do have good relationships with all of them," Allen replied when asked about the other coaches. "It all goes beyond football. Those are the people you need to be around, so you that's important."

Allen was supposed to get to Ohio State in May for the Nike camp but he had a conflict in with his track schedule. He'd like to get to Columbus, Ann Arbor and South Bend this summer, but his primary goal is going to be to head to Florida.

"Getting down to Florida State is the biggest thing right now," Allen said when asked about his travel plans during the summer. "I think I'm going to do that in July. I think everything else I'll do on my official visits."

As a junior cornerback, Allen recorded 51 tackles and five interceptions. On offense, he caught 17 receptions for 299 yards and two touchdowns. Top Stories