Is There a Decision on the Horizon for Allen?

Over the weekend, mammoth Junior-College offensive lineman A.J. Allen took an official visit to South Florida and came away extremely impressed. Is Allen close to making a decision?

With several highly touted prospects in attendance in beautiful Tampa Bay over the weekend, South Florida hosted their biggest recruiting weekend in the Willie Taggart era right before the recruiting dead period goes into effect on Monday.

One of those prospects that made the trip to the Sunshine State this weekend was 6-foot-7, 315-pound A.J. Allen, a mammoth Junior-College offensive tackle from Grossmont Community College in California. caught up the talented offensive line prospect for his reaction on his time spent in Tampa Bay.

"I got in late on Thursday night and just went to the hotel," Allen said. "On Friday, I was with the coaches and it was so nice bonding with them and they showed me Raymond James Stadium. The campus was all new and up-to-date and I liked that a lot. The bus schedule was cool because it would help me get around campus everywhere I needed to go. I liked the Sun Dome where the basketball team plays as well.

"Saturday was the actual day when they showed the me the athletic facilities and all of the information about the school. We also had a great time going on roller coasters on Saturday and we went to some beach hotels and restaurants at night time. There was a lot of stuff to do. Overall, it was my best visit so far. I would give it a 10."

Allen wasn't the only Junior-College product in attendance for the Bulls' recruiting festivities from over the weekend. Jihad Ward, a defensive lineman from the Global Institute of Technology in New York, was a recruit Allen had the chance to build a friendship with.

"Yeah, I really bonded with Jihad (Ward), the defensive end that was there," Allen said. "He was a real cool guy."

While football doesn't last forever, Allen was intrigued about the job market Tampa Bay could provide him for his future if he doesn't make it to the NFL.

"Yeah, I'm majoring in Business Administrations and they were telling me that there's a lot of big job conventions down here," Allen said. "They were also telling me about all the good internships down here as well and that was really cool. I would have a lot of connections down here. It was really awesome."

With the Bulls in hot pursuit for an offensive lineman that could help them upfront as early as next year, Willie Taggart's staff has informed Allen on the opportunity for early playing time in Walt Wells' offense if he chooses to spend the rest of college career in Tampa Bay.

"They were telling me I have a really good chance of playing If I come in and work hard," Allen said. "They said everybody has a chance to come in and play. I really like that I can come in and try to earn that starting spot."

Coming fresh off his favorite visit from over the weekend, is a decision on the horizon for Allen?

"If I make my decision tomorrow, USF would be my last visit," Allen said. "If I wait until January to make my decision, my last two visits would be Purdue and Cincinnati on Jan. 17 and Jan. 24. I'm either making my decision tomorrow, but if not, I'll be making it in January."

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