Notre Dame seems to be in good shape with their recruiting at defensive end, but they have yet to land a big man for their interior defense. Beau Allen (6-foot-3, 293-pounds) one of Notre Dame's top targets at defensive tackle and he recently scheduled an official visit to South Bend.
"I've been talking to the Notre Dame coaches," Allen responded when asked about his contact with the Irish coaching staff. "The conversations have been about setting up an official visit and just talking about the games and that kind of thing. Things are looking pretty good with Notre Dame. I'm going to Notre Dame for the BC game.
"I'm also going on an official this weekend to Wisconsin. I'm going to take an official to Minnesota and Stanford and then I'm trying to decide on that fifth visit. It might be a school in Michigan or UCLA or Michigan State. That's still another one that I'm still narrowing down a little bit."
Notre Dame opened the season with an impressive win, but that effort was followed by a disappointing loss to Michigan last week.
"I thought offensively they looked good," Allen said. "I'm still impressed with the program. I think I'm getting to know the coaches a little more, which I like a lot. I have a good time speaking with Coach Ianello. I talked to Coach Weis on the phone a week ago and we had a good conversation. Even though they lost a big one last weekend, I'm not too concerned about it, if you want to know the truth."
Like most high profile prospects, Allen watches a lot of football on the weekends. If he gets a chance to watch a team that is recruiting him, he'll use it as a learning experience.
"I love football, obviously," Beau explained. "It's hard to watch football without noticing or analyzing the game and that kind of thing. So I watch and enjoy the game but I like to analyze it and see what they're doing and see if that's a program that I can fit in with."
Allen has a big decision to make in the coming months, but for now he has his senior season to focus on. Minnetonka is dropped a tough game last weekend, but they're looking for a little redemption this week.
"We're 1-1 right now," Allen said. "We lost a big game last week to one of our rivals. They were state champions last year and they're ranked number one this year. We played hard defensively, but couldn't put any points up on the board offensively. I thought I played pretty well, but you know there's always room for improvement.
"Tomorrow we're playing another team that knocked us out of sectionals last year on a field goal with six seconds left. There's no love-loss between our programs, we owe them one and I'm excited about it.
Through two games, Allen has 21 tackles with nine coming from behind the line.