Michael Allen resides in Georgia, spent time as a kid in Knoxville and has family members who are Alabama fans. When it comes to his amount of offers, the Scout four-star defensive end's growing list is just as diverse.
The Lanier (Ga.) High School rising senior received an offer from Tennessee in December to complement scholarship invitations from Alabama, Florida, Georgia and South Carolina, among others. The 6-foot-6, 233-pound class of 2017 prospect doesn't yet have a favorite, but he does know what he wants out of a program at the next level.
"They have to have a major that I'm interested in," Allen told InsideTennessee. "They have to have good chemistry on the team, whether it be the coaches and the players or the coaches and the parents, it has to be a good relationship."
The Vols are already starting to build chemistry with Allen. Recruiting coordinator/running backs coach Robert Gillespie and defensive graduate assistant Nathan Ollie have tag-teamed his recruitment process and are starting to build the type of relationship Allen wants in a college.
"It's a pretty good one," Allen said of his relationship with Gillespie. "I just got off the phone with coach Ollie not too long ago. He was just talking and saying he wanted to keep in touch and everything."
Along with the Vols, schools like Florida, Georgia, Georgia Tech, South Carolina and Wake Forest are also heavily recruiting the Buford star. Allen took a trip to Atlanta for the Yellow Jackets' junior day last weekend that he described as "prettty good" and plans on attending junior days at both N.C. State and South Carolina in the future.
He's scheduled to visit Tennessee March 5.
"I used to live up there, so I know a little bit about Tennessee," Allen told IT. "Not as much as I do (now). It was in fourth grade, fifth grade."
When coaches discuss what they like in his game, one theme usually presents itself — his ability to get to the quarterback. Allen notched eight sacks, a pair of interceptions and a fumble recovery for the 12-1 Longhorns last season.
"The one thing they have in common would be pass-rushing ability, speed off the ball and mostly stuff like that," Allen said.
As his recruitment continues to pick up steam and offers flood in, Allen is taking his time and getting acclimated to the process.
"At first, it was a little overwhelming," he said. "Now, I guess I can say I've handled my time better and I'm better adapted to it. It's not a big problem to me anymore. I kind of like it."