There were rumors throughout November that Armando Allen (5-foot-10, 195 pounds) had committed to Florida. He denied them at every turn and finally when he announced his college decision, Notre Dame was his selection.
"I didn't make any early commitments anywhere." Allen explained of his decision making process. "When I took my visit to Notre Dame and then took my visit to Florida. I compared the two schools. Then I looked at the coaching staffs, and decided on which one I felt most comfortable with and then I kind of decided after that."
Initially Notre Dame recommended that Allen forgo his option to enroll in college early, but Armando had already made plans to graduate in December.
"A big role," Allen said of the impact enrolling early played in his decision. "When I decided I wanted to go to Notre Dame I called and told them my situation and they understood what I wanted to do. Then coach Weis called me sometime in November and told me I was accepted."
A critical need that was met by early enrollment is that Armando will be able to use Notre Dame resources as he continues to rehab the injury that sidelined him for his senior season.
"I'm pretty much at the end of my rehab at the place I go to now," Allen said. "But I do need to do more work. I had to have surgery and they did have to put in seven screws. My doctor explained that it wouldn't be a problem in the future because it was a non-weight bearing bone."
Allen will not only work on getting his leg back in playing shape, but he plans on using the spring to work his way into the lineup.
"Coach Weis talked about my speed, and the different ways that he could get me the ball," Allen said. "He said if I come in prepared and ready, that I could be used at receiver, at running back, and at kick return and punt return against Georgia Tech. He pretty much described it the way USC used Reggie Bush…from everywhere.
"I've been paying close attention to recruiting. I know Jimmy Clausen committed to Notre Dame early on and I thought that going to Notre Dame would benefit me in a lot of ways. Hopefully we both can open things up together and complement each other. I just thought, ‘We can make things happen at Notre Dame.'"