Irish exceed Allen's expectations

When Armando Allen's name first appeared on Notre Dame's recruiting radar, most Irish fans dismissed Allen and Notre Dame's chances of landing the standout from Hialeah-Miami Lakes high school (Hialeah, Fla.) Now with recruiting heating up, the Irish are in the thick of things with Allen.'s No.13 ranked running back, Armando Allen (5-foot-10, 195 pounds) thought highly of Notre Dame without seeing the campus, but during his recent visit to South Bend, the school and the Irish football program exceeded his expectations.

"Everything was really nice. I really enjoyed everything," Allen said of his weekend visit to the Notre Dame campus. "I really didn't expect it to be like it was. I really liked the atmosphere. I liked the coaches. I talked to everybody on the team and overall it was a pretty good experience.

"I guess I wasn't sure what to expect, but I didn't think it would be like it was. The whole school, not just the football, was really nice, the people around there, everything."

Ben Martin, Michael Williams, Everson Griffen, and Chris Donald enjoyed also were visiting Notre Dame officially and Allen was impressed with the group of recruits Notre Dame brought in for the weekend.

"We all had a good connection. From the time we got together to the time we left, we all got along really well," Allen said. "The whole atmosphere at the pep rally was great. I like how the student body carries itself and how into football they are.

"George West was my host, he's cool," Allen said. "We hung out with a lot of guys, James Aldridge Toryan Smith and David Grimes."

One aspect about every school's offense that Allen has been watching closely is how each coach utilizes their running backs. Armando has liked what he has seen from the Irish offense thus far.

"To me it looks like they utilize their players to the best of their potential," Allen said. "Whatever they're capable of doing, coach Weis is going to let them do it. Whatever he feels that his back can handle, he's going to let them do."

With one official visit in the books, Allen will turn his attention to the other schools on his list. USC, Georgia, Duke, and Florida State may still receive an official visit, but for now Armando only has one visit scheduled.

Now that I have my experience at Notre Dame, I'm going to Florida the weekend they play South Carolina (November 11)," Allen said. "I'm looking to see what I can do for my other trips and then hopefully I'll be able to make a decision.

"It's going to be a tough decision. I'm just going to sit back and relax and look forward to my other trips. I'm going to take my time. I'm going to talk to my coaches, my mom and come up with a decision that I'm happy with." Top Stories