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Beau Allen and his parents call themselves "road warriors."

It's easy to see why, as they spend a lot of time on the open road, taking recruiting trips in the family automobile to schools courting the talented defensive tackle from Minnetonka (Minn.) Senior High.

Wisconsin, Iowa, Nebraska, Minnesota and Stanford have already offered Beau Allen a scholarship. He is also hearing from several other programs, and last month, he and his father made the 18-hour roundtrip to Notre Dame for the Irish's junior day.

En route, Allen's father was telling his 6-foot-3, 290-pound son about a visit he took to South Bend in the past.

"My Dad was telling me about the brick on the buildings, the certain Notre Dame brick they have, so that part I had a little picture in my mind of what it would look like, but everything else was great," Allen explained. "I liked the facilities, and how everything was so close together, it kind of reminded me of like a compound, like a gated community.

"But the facilities I thought were awesome. I got to look at the weight room, and I liked that, and that's obviously very important."

What the Irish coaching staff told Allen was important to do, was to get his junior film to them. Allen mailed the video last week.

While he was in South Bend, Allen spent a lot of time talking with assistant coaches Rob Ianello and Jon Tenuta. Ianello has also been by Allen's school in the past. Allen is hoping that his film helps produce a Notre Dame scholarship offer.

"I like that they're a storied program, where football is really important," Allen said. "Football is obviously very important to me and I appreciate that. I like the fan base too. It's cool how nationally televised they are, and how much exposure they get, and that only plays a small part in it, but it's a cool thing to have.

"With all the schools associated with me, I try to picture myself there, and I think Notre Dame is one where I could potentially fit in.

"Then again, the hard thing for me, I have five great offers, and I could see myself fitting in there too. I think I have a difficult decision coming up."

One that won't be coming up for awhile. Allen plans on making his college decision following his senior year.

"Just so I can take time and make sure I made the best choice, and take all my official visits. One thing I don't want to do is pull the trigger and end up de-committing from somewhere.

"In the ideal world, I'm looking for a school with great academics, great football program, and great at other sports so I can go out and watch a good basketball program or something, and I'm looking for a good social life. I don't think location is that big of a factor, I just want my friends to be able to watch me on television, a place that has good visibility."

This past season, Allen had 47 tackles, with 10 of those coming for loss including five sacks. He also had three fumble recoveries.

Besides Notre Dame, the road warriors recently took trips to Nebraska, Minnesota and Iowa for junior days. Next up is Wisconsin in March.

"Me and my parents, we get a chance to talk a lot," Allen said. "It's cool with this busy world we live in, to just sit back in a car and relax and talk to my parents. I owe a lot to them for everything they've done for me." Top Stories