Allen surprised, blessed by 'Cuse offer

Syracuse continued to offer talented 2015 prospects. One of the most recent to jump onto the Orange radar is three-star New Canaan (Conn.) High defensive end Zach Allen. He discusses the offer and his interest in Syracuse inside.

Syracuse is recruiting another Zach Allen, so hold your breaths Orange fans. This one, however, is a three-star defensive end prospect from New Canaan (Conn.). He picked up an offer from the Orange on Monday.

"It came through my coach," Allen said. "Their defensive coordinator, coach (Chuck) Bullough, he told my coach and then my coach told me I was offered. He gave me coach's number and he confirmed it. I got talk to him and also the defensive line coach (Tim Daoust).

"They said they got my film and were really excited to see it. They said they were hooked after the first two plays. They said they view me as a playmaker and were very excited to offer me. They said they can't wait for me to come up there and that I'd fall in love with the place."

Allen is now up to six offers, including five from major conferences. Despite the interest and different options on his plate, Allen is still humbled by the opportunities his talents have afforded him.

"I'm blessed just having this opportunity," Allen said. "To get another offer, I'm very grateful. It's awesome. That's really the only way I can describe it."

One of the points that the Syracuse coaches made sure to get across was the importance of visiting the campus. That will allow him to get a better feel for the program and what it would be like to play there. The three-star prospect says it is on his agenda to make it to Central New York.

"I'm definitely going to try," Allen said. "I have to talk to my parents about it. I'm definitely going to be looking at dates on the calendar to try and go up."

While this was not the first time the 6-foot-6.5 standout had heard from the Orange, it was the first major communication. Allen is looking forward to learning more about the program.

"I heard from them last season," Allen said. "They came up during one of our games to look at one of our linebackers that ended up going to Lafayette. They were up to see him and it was also coach Bullough. That was the last time I had heard from them. This really came as a surprise but I'm really thankful for the opportunity.

"I'm definitely still learning about the program. I know they have a strong football program and play in the ACC. They also made a bowl game this year. It's a very strong program and I'm really looking forward to getting up there to learn more about it."

One way Allen will get to know the program and the school is by utilizing those who have experienced it. That includes both 2014 Syracuse signee Ervin Philips, who Allen knows, and friends of his family.

"Yeah he went to West Haven," Allen said. "I definitely will try to contact him and learn more about Syracuse. I also know a lot people from my town that have gone to Syracuse. I may just pick their mind to see why they chose Syracuse."

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