Tariq Allen Talks Texas

Irving MacArthur linebacker Tariq Allen left Austin after his junior day visit with an offer in hand but wanted to wait before making a decision. It turns out that Allen didn't have to wait very long, giving the Longhorns his verbal commitment this week. He talked to IT about the decision.

"I gave Texas a verbal commitment last night," Tariq Allen said.

Allen wanted to wait before making a decision, but as time wore on, Texas just seemed right.

"I went to Texas, and I really liked it," Allen said. "I sat down with my parents to talk about it and it came down to where I wanted my future. I knew that I would spend the next four to five years there."

"Texas was mostly the main candidate," Allen added. "My parents asked me if I wanted to commit now or wait. I told them I wanted to do it now, so I called Coach Brown and did it."

Allen's top three included Texas, Texas A&M and Oklahoma. He also held a slew of offers from other schools. What made Austin the right fit for him?

"When I went down there, they showed that they wanted me, and I just felt more comfortable there than at the other schools," Allen said. "It's an at home environment. It just seemed right."

Allen talked to Texas' new defensive coordinator Will Muschamp and could play any of the three linebacker positions at Texas.

Irving MacArthur head coach Brian Basil said that despite the early commitment, Allen took enough time to consider all of his options.

"Tariq is a very intelligent kid," said Basil. "He involved both his parents, he asked lot of questions, he took his time to evaluate the teams so that he made an informed decision."

Basil said Allen's intelligence is one of the reasons he was a great leader for the Cardinals.

"He's mature beyond a 17, 18-year-old kid," said Basil. "He's a great example of not being too high or too low . He has a calmness about him. He didn't get swept away in the whole recruiting process. Everyone on the team respects him. He commands it."

Allen was dominant on field last season, racking up 123 tackles, six sacks, and 19 tackles for loss as a high school junior.

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