Allen Building Toward a Top Three

Although he has yet to play a down of his junior season, Hinsdale (Ill.) Central junior Brian Allen already has five Big Ten offers, and knows two schools that will be among his top three favorites.

MADISON - Although he holds five Big Ten offers, Hinsdale (Ill.) Central junior center Brian Allen will be hearing a lot from the University of Wisconsin and Michigan State football coaching staffs over the course of his recruitment.

With offers from both staffs in addition to Illinois, Iowa and Purdue, Allen has strong family connections to both the Badgers and Spartans, as Allen's grandfather and great uncle played for UW while his older brother, Jack, currently plays for the Spartans.

Although Allen has family connections to both schools, he's not getting a lot of pressure from his family members to choose one school over the other.

"My brother Jack hasn't been pressuring me to become a Spartan, which is nice," Allen told Badger Nation. "He's been through the process before so he knows it's a hard decision to make. He wants me to go through the recruiting process and find a school I'm comfortable with and he wants me to make a decision for myself.

"My grandpa and great uncle played for the Badgers but I never got to meet them because they both passed away before I was born. My grandma wants me to go to Madison. She just tells me how great Madison is and how much she enjoyed watching my grandpa play in Camp Randall when they were going to Wisconsin."

In addition to his five offers, the 6-2 two-way lineman says he's hearing from Michigan and expects Wisconsin and Michigan State to be in his top three schools until he decides where he wants to go.

Being recruited by defensive coordinator Chris Ash, Allen and Ash continue to build a good relationship.

"I've known coach Ash for four years (because) he recruited my brother Jack," said Allen. "He's a really nice guy and a great coach. I try and give coach Ash a call every couple of weeks. When we talk we don't talk about football. We talk about how we are doing and how's life going. We're definitely building a personal relationship, which is nice."

Having visited the Wisconsin campus twice, Allen's first visit was in the spring and his latest visit was for the Badgers' one-day high school camp in June. Ash has also visited Allen's high school once this past school year.

"It was good to see the campus again and I had fun working with the coaches," Allen said of the summer camp. "I had a chance to work with defensive line coach Charlie Partridge. I also got to work with Patrick Butrym who is now with the (San Francisco) Niners. I worked on a bunch of techniques with him and he taught me a lot that I'm trying to incorporate in my game on the defensive line."

Even though Allen plays on both sides of the line, he admits that he enjoys playing on the offensive line more.

"I'm kind of bias toward the offensive line cause I've been playing that since fifth grade," Allen said. "Last year I started to play on the defensive line and I enjoyed it. If I had to switch to the defensive line in college, I would be more then happy to because I'm willing to do anything to help the team win."

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