Armando Allen (5-foot-10, 195 pounds) has had just about every coach in the country on the phone but as the calendar turns to October he has settled on five schools and he's starting to line up his official visits.
"I'm pretty much down to USC, Florida, Georgia, Florida State and Notre Dame," Allen said when asked about his recruitment. "I'm taking my first official visit this weekend to Notre Dame."
"I'm just looking at the environment around Notre Dame. I want to meet all the coaches see everything on campus, see how the coaches treat me and basically see if I'm comfortable there."
Early in the recruiting process Allen said that he'd be watching the teams he ws considering. He wanted to see how the teams used their running backs and he wanted to see how the teams competed.
"I've actually been watching Notre Dame a lot. I've been trying to watch them very closely," Allen said. "With the type of offense they run I feel pretty good about it. They run a pro-style offense. I think with the way they utilize the running back that I'd fit in perfect. They run both inside and outside. They don't put their running back out at receiver, which I like, but I can handle that. I do like how they get their running back the ball though."
The Irish offense hasn't been as explosive as it has in the past, but Allen isn't concerned about the team's struggles.
"Everybody has their ups and downs," Allen explained. "I'm not saying that they're perfect, but everyone has something that they can work on. They had a little trouble, that really hasn't made an impact with me, that hasn't changed they way I feel about them. I like the school and that hasn't changed. I look at it like, ‘Can I benefit this team?' Maybe if I were up there, something like that wouldn't happen in the future."
There was some concern about Allen's future after he suffered and early season injury, but he's progressing very well.
"Everything is fine," Allen said of his recovery. "I'm going through my rehab stage, so everything is going well. I'm pretty comfortable because everything is going fine. My coach just wants me to get healthy and not rush back. Everything is fine with the team, so he just wants me to get mentally and physically prepared for college."