OU among four finalists for Allen

There's no question linebacker is one of the biggest priorities for Oklahoma's 2014 class. The Sooners already have one pledge and could have another here in a few weeks.

OU and Houston (TX) Summer Creek linebacker Dakota Allen didn't have any contact at all until the Sooners offered him last month. Allen, who is 6-foot-2 and 227 pounds, said then it was a game-changing offer, and he recently made a 10-hour visit to campus.

Texas Tech and TCU were looking like the favorites to land Allen, but the Sooners have worked their way into the mix. He still has a visit to Kansas State on his docket, but then he said he'll be ready to make that decision.

"I'm still planning on a decision Aug. 16, but it's getting here a lot faster than I thought," Allen said. "I want to have it done with so I can focus on my season. And if I get hurt or something, at least I know I'll be OK."

The Sooners already have Allen (TX) three-star linebacker Tay Evans locked up, and it is obvious Evans is suited to be an outside linebacker. With Tech, TCU and KSU, the prevailing thought has been for Allen to be an inside linebacker. OU coaches Tim Kish and Jerry Montgomery offered a new wrinkle by mentioning the thought of playing on the outside, too.

The coaches explained how it goes hand-in-hand with them tinkering with the defensive scheme as a whole. With the explosive nature of Big 12 offenses, OU's defense could be going through a change.

"I had never been talked to before about being an outside linebacker, but they explained it to me," Allen said. "They said they're going to a run a 4-3 defense against normal offenses and then run a 3-4 defense against spread offenses."

Allen was expected to be at KSU this weekend but said the visit will most likely happen next weekend. He hasn't ruled out the Wildcats, especially since Summer Creek quarterback Aaron Sharp has also pledged to KSU.

He has already visited TCU and Tech and said he felt very comfortable with Kish and Montgomery during his day at OU. He was hoping to meet OU coach Bob Stoops, but Stoops was unable to show up. Allen enjoyed his TCU visit a lot but said OU's campus has been the nicest yet.

"Those new dorms are incredible. It would be great to live there," Allen said. "I felt comfortable on the campus and everything looked so good. I have a real tough decision to make."

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