Allen Looking at Three

The South Carolina Gamecocks have been a major player for Mainland HS (Daytona Beach, FL) cornerback Ricardo Allen since they offered in May. But after a recent standout performance at a Miami camp followed by a Hurricane offer, are the Gamecocks still in the hunt? Read inside to find out as Allen updates GamecockAnthem.com on his recruitment.

Mainland HS cornerback Ricardo Allen's stock is on the rise. The 5-9, 175-pound three-star prospect recently picked up his 20th offer, this one from the Miami Hurricanes, after having arguably the best performance of all the defensive backs there.

On top of his new Hurricane offer, Allen also claims tenders from South Carolina, Florida State, Wake Forest, Purdue, Michigan, Clemson, Arkansas, UCF and West Virginia among others.

While it first appeared the new offer would vault the Hurricanes to the top of the teams in contention for his services, Allen says that is not the case.

"South Carolina, Wake Forest and Purdue," Allen listed as his top three in no particular order.

Allen, the nation's No. 54 cornerback according to Scout.com, described what about USC puts them in contention for his services.

"Well, I like Coach Steve Spurrier, Jr.," Allen said. "And basically they put their defensive backs high. Like they had Captain Munnerlyn and he went high in the draft, and that's basically what some people go to college for. They've got a good medical thing out there [too.]"

Allen says he and Spurrier, Jr. have a solid connection.

"He's a good personality; I like him," Allen said. "He's one of the coaches that when you call he doesn't just talk the whole time, he lets you talk too. Because some other coaches they're just trying to recruit you the whole time; they don't even let you get a word in. He's like a real person I connect with."

Allen has never visited Columbia, but plans to make a trip with his mother sometime in the future.

He says he is looking at the Wake Forest Demon Deacons because of their defensive style of play.

"Just their defense, their defense goes hard," he said. "Their defense is like the main part of their team. South Carolina has both, they've got offense and defense, but Wake Forest it's just like a defense thing mostly."

Purdue rounds out Allen's top three.

"I haven't really looked into them, but they're showing a lot of interest," he said.

He says the three schools in his top group are recruiting him the hardest. So, where does the physical athlete go from here?

"South Carolina is going to be my first visit," he says. "And then the other two, I think I'm take a Purdue visit on their first game, against Ohio State. And then Wake Forest I haven't even set it up yet."

Allen says he is just looking for "a chance to play" in the school he picks. He believes his take-no-prisoners attitude has helped lead to his success on the field.

"I'll battle anybody," he says. "I'll go head-to-head with anybody." But don't expect Allen to announce which school he is bringing that attitude to anytime soon.

"I might just wait it out," he said of making a decision. "I don't want to end up at a school where the staff is going to leave. I want the recruiter to be there when I'm playing."

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