Allen has 'eye opening' Syracuse visit

Wendell Allen, a teammate of 2015 Syracuse signee Dontae Strickland, returned to Central New York to check out the Orange on Saturday. The big, athletic corner recaps the trip inside.

Monmouth Junction (N.J.) South Brunswick cornerback Wendell Allen visited Syracuse again on Saturday, one of dozens of prospects on campus. He started the trip and left without an offer, but that did not stop him from enjoying himself.

”The visit was excellent,” Allen said. “Every time I go, I fall more in love with their identity as a football team. The spring game itself was one of many specific highlights that occurred. Seeing the team live in action was a great experience. Basically, we took a tour of the football facilities. Their practice field really stood out to me seeing it for a second time. Everything stood out to me.

”I am becoming more familiar with the players and coaching staff and it was great. We talked about academics, which is elite in their program. The whole thing was one big tour. After the spring game, we met with our position coaches, which was another highlight.”

The spring game itself was the biggest highlight of the trip. He saw some similarities in his game and the approach of the Orange defense. Not only did he like the system, he also noticed the play of starting corner Julian Whigham.

”The spring game was very exciting and highly competitive,” Allen said. “That’s how I’d describe myself on the field. That’s the reason why I can see myself fitting in the system. Their corners played primarily man coverage and I take pride and favor playing man on man coverage.

”Number one who was one of the starting cornerbacks, I continued to watch and take mental on how he played in the scrimmage because he reminds me of myself. We are both tall and athletic and absolutely have speed. I see myself fitting into a press man type of defense.”

Despite the lack of an offer from Allen, he has very high regard for the Orange. He is hoping one comes soon, as the coaching staff focuses on evaluating prospects. If they did pull the trigger, Syracuse could be one of the favorites to land his services.

”Many people may know my teammate, Dontae Strickland,” Allen said. “He’s a Syracuse commit and I am very close with Dontae. Phil Campbell, another teammate of mine, is also being recruited by Syracuse, I describe as my brother. That plays a role but my recruiting process is still in the works.

”An offer would mean the world to me. Knowing that a university has the faith in me after my hard work on the field and recognize me as an impact player. I’d love to get offered from Syracuse but as of right now, they didn’t offer me. I love their university and their football program but in the end it’s their choice.”

The 6-foot-2 cornerback called the Syracuse visit "eye opening," a description he said teammate and three-star safety Phil Campbell used as well when describing the trip. The Orange will continue to recruit Allen and keep him on their radar. In fact, Allen spoke with defensive backs coach Fred Reed who said that Allen possesses all of the qualities they look for in a cornerback.

"Speed, length and tackling," Allen said. "He said based on my highlight film, I possess all three attributes and he sees that. He gave me a camp form for the summer at Syracuse and a potential offer can come during that time."


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