Tariq Allen discusses recruiting status

The Aggies need linebackers and they need them now. Tariq Allen, the No. 1 rated linebacker in the state according to Maroon & White Report & Aggie Websider may be a possible solution. Aggie Websider visits with Allen about his recruiting process and finds out where the Aggies are on his list.

Three junior day visits, and three scholarship offers for MacArthur Irving linebacker Tariq Allen after attending the Texas junior day this past weekend. The 6-foot-2, 220-pound prospect has received offers from Texas A&M, Oklahoma, and now Texas. Allen is the top linebacker in the state according to the M&W/Aggie Websider 2009 Top 10, coming in as the No. 16 overall prospect in the lone star state, and his offers back that up. So what did the Dallas Metroplex product think of his visit to the 40 acres?

"I had a good time. We got to watch the team practice," Allen said. "I met a lot of the players and coaches. Afterward, I was invited to meet Coach Brown in his office and he offered. That was pretty exciting. He said he liked my speed and intensity on the field, and everybody had good things to say about me."

Despite the scholarship and the impression made by the staff and players, Allen did not commit to Coach Brown and the Longhorns at the junior day. The top-rated linebacker still has some more homework to do and information to gather.

"I'm through with junior days but I plan to go visit some schools up north like Notre Dame and Boston College," Allen said. "My dad was always a big Notre Dame fan so I followed the Irish growing up. I also followed the Longhorns. But since recruiting began, I'm starting to feel the A&M thing a little bit."

Allen visited the Aggies back on February 10, and the good feelings from that trip are still there today. With the schools from the Big 12, the Cardinals linebacker likes both the Aggies and the Longhorns.

"The new staff has a lot of NFL experience and they will be putting together an aggressive pro-style defense that fits my skills. I could be someone that helps bring back those old school Wrecking Crew defenses," Allen said. "With Texas, everybody there is so close. It's like a family, and they have a winning tradition as well."

But the Irving native insists that he's open to more schools and isn't ready to narrow his choices just yet. However, after those visits to Notre Dame and Boston College, Allen plans to take the SAT, go through spring practice, and then narrow his list hopefully picking his school in late spring or early summer.

"I'd like to do it after my spring practice if I'm ready," Allen said. "I want to get this decision behind me so I can concentrate on my season, but I have to be comfortable with my choice. Hopefully, I'll be ready to commit, but we'll see."

The blue chip linebacker indicated that the opportunity for early playing time as a freshman will be a significant factor, as well as the school's academics and how comfortable he feels at the university.

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