UCLA on Alabama Corner

Alabama defensive back Antreal Allen discusses his offer from UCLA, his recruiting and much more...

Auburn, Ala.—A standout for the Auburn High School Tigers since his sophomore season, defensive back Antreal Allen got an early offer from Georgia State soon after the 2012 football season, but recently the bar was elevated to another level.

Hearing from colleges across the country, Allen's most recent offer was not one he was expecting when Pac-12 school UCLA offered.

"It was great," Allen says of the scholarship offer from the Bruins. "It was kind of shocking to me. It was really my first time hearing from them.

"The linebacker coach (Jeff Ublrich) told me to call him and when I did he said the defensive coaches were very excited to talk to me on the phone," the prospect says. "I called their defensive backs coach (Demetrice Martin) and he offered me on the phone. It was very shocking, but the hard work is really paying off."

At 5-10, 180, Allen has the size and quickness to play cornerback on the next level and is looking to show how much his game has improved this season for the Tigers. Playing alongside Blaise Taylor at cornerback and with talented defensive ends Rashaan Evans and Darian Yancey providing the pressure up front, he says that with teams coming in constantly to see his teammates he hopes it's the start of something more.

"It's a big deal for me," Allen says. "All the hard work I have been putting in, I'm finally seeing it start to pay off with a big-time offer like UCLA. Also Cal (California) came to the school and visited as well. I talked to their coach for about 45 minutes.

"The other schools I'm hearing from are Southern Miss, Kentucky, Mississippi State and Auburn."

Planning to take part in several camps in the coming months heading into his senior season, Allen notes that he'll also try to take a trip across the country to see the two Pac-12 schools before he makes his choice.

"I don't know when I'll try to make a decision," Allen says. "I know that I'll try to visit both UCLA and Cal this summer. I just want to check them out at the same time."

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