Antonio Allen Loved South Carolina Visit

Trinity Catholic (Ocala, FL) hard-hitting safety Antonio Allen had previously named South Carolina as the leader for his services, and after making an official visit to Columbia over the weekend, nothing has changed. According to Allen, he loved every minute of his time at Carolina, and the fans especially caught his attention during the visit.

"The visit was great. I liked the place, I liked the coaches, and I liked the players. I liked the fans and how they just like football. When I was at the game, they were like, ‘Antonio Allen, we need you, and you should come here' and all that kind of stuff. I was like, ‘How do you guys knows me?' They were great."

The 6'2, 190 pound Allen enjoyed the game day atmosphere, and he was impressed with the fans support, despite playing a Florida Atlantic team that didn't have much appeal.

"It was real nice. I didn't think there were going to be so many people there, because they were playing FAU, but it was filled. The crowd was nice, and the players played a great game."

Allen, who claims offers from South Carolina, Clemson, and Nebraska among others, spoke with Coach Spurrier and the Carolina coaching staff this weekend, and although he did not commit on his trip, he made it clear that South Carolina is his number one choice.

"They asked me whether I was going to commit, but I was like, ‘I'm just going to wait until the end of my season,' but they are my number one team."

The Sunshine State prospect also liked his potential for early playing time when recruiter Ron Cooper showed him the depth chart and South Carolina's need for quality players in the defensive backfield.

"They told me there was no free safeties, and I have a good chance of starting when I come in there."

Allen, who made the trip with teammate and friend Dion Lecorn, enjoyed hanging out with a strong contingent of fellow Florida prospects that had made the trek to Columbia over the weekend.

"We all got along well. We all went out together. At the end of the game, we had a little party that we all went to. We had fun."

Allen is considering making a few other trips before making his final decision, but the Gamecocks only strengthened their lead for the talented safety prospect over the weekend.

"I had a great visit. Everything was just great. South Carolina is way out in front."

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