Still a Hot Target

Heritage (CA) senior cornerback Darius Allensworth acknowledges he still is committed to the University of Arizona, but still wants to take an unofficial visit to Wisconsin, as the Badgers coaching staff continues to heavily recruit him.

MADISON - Deciding in mid April to end his recruitment, Heritage (CA) senior cornerback Darius Allensworth was excited to shift his focus off the recruiting process and on to his senior season, exciting to have picked Arizona over his other offers from Colorado and Utah.

But just as the 5-11, 180-pound cornerback was ready to wind down, his recruiting process wound back up.

"The recruiting process has been hectic," Allensworth told Badger Nation. "All these colleges want you to commit and be a part of their tradition. Right now, I am committed to Arizona and I love Arizona, but a couple schools are after me hard."

Those schools have been UCLA and Wisconsin, as the Bruins extended an offer 10 days following his commitment and the Badgers followed suit a month after that.

"Those offers have an impact," said Allensworth. "Wisconsin having been to back-to-back Rose Bowls and UCLA has a great education program. The education speaks for itself."

While Allensworth – a three-star athlete rated the No.63 cornerback in the country by Scout.com – knew the Bruins were evaluating him prior to his commitment, the interest from Wisconsin came out of the blue. After linebackers coach Andy Buh came to his school to watch his film, defensive coordinator Chris Ash came a week later to see Allensworth for himself.

"Coach Ash watched me practice and offered me on the spot," said Allensworth. "It was pretty surreal because Wisconsin isn't right down the street. It was kind of a shock that they came all the way out here to give me a scholarship. I appreciate them doing that."

While Wisconsin's contact with other recruits has tapered off since the initial offer, the Badgers still maintain constant dialogue with Allensworth.

"They still want me to get me out there and I am hopeful I can go visit," he said.

Allensworth committed to the Wildcats on April 14, one of four cornerbacks to have joined the first recruiting class under former Michigan head coach Rick Rodriguez.

"Coach Rodriguez is a good person," said Allensworth. "What he did at West Virginia to bring them to a top level program in the nation was impressive. I wanted to be a part of his process at Arizona."

While he has visited UCLA on an unofficial visit, Allensworth is working on scheduling a trip with his father for an unofficial trip to Wisconsin in order to make a trip.

"I was supposed to get out there a couple weeks ago, but something tragic happen and I wasn't able to make it," said Allensworth, referring to a death among his peers. "I am hopeful to get out there."

Other than a Top 100 camp over the summer, Allensworth's only plans are to try to make his final decision before the start of his senior season.

"I would like to focus on my team and win a state championship, but I am not going to force it," said Allensworth. "We'll see where it goes with UCLA and Wisconsin, but right now I love Arizona a lot. I have no idea of what it's going to change my mind. It will probably be an on-the-spot thing."


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