Making the short trip north to be a guest of the University of Wisconsin for the fourth time, Allen was going to be sitting among Wisconsin recruits and verbal commits while watching the Badgers take on Michigan State and his older brother, redshirt freshman and starting center Jack Allen.
Admitting it's always a little awkward when he finds himself in that predicament, Allen went with the next best option: a sweatshirt from his high school.
"I showed them some love with that," Allen said.
Allen was a last-minute guest of the Badgers in their loss to Michigan State, as the 6-2, 265-pound center made arrangements to visit Madison after his high school was eliminated from the state playoffs Friday. Allen had visited the campus three prior times, but never for a game.
"I had never been there when the students were on campus and everyone was really into the game," said Allen. "The student section basically took up the entire end zone from corner to corner. The kids were going crazy the entire time. It took us an hour to get out of town after the game with all the people there. It was exciting."
Being recruited by defensive coordinator Chris Ash, Allen arrived early enough that he was able to walk in with the team and get time to speak to Ash, defensive line coach Charlie Partridge and offensive line coach Bart Miller. The conversation for Miller was the first in-person conversation the two have had since Miller was hired.
"He's an Illinois guy and went to Elk Grove High School, which is really close," said Allen. "Jamarco and I sat down with him at lunch, so it was really nice."
In addition to the coaching staff, Allen got to spend time talking to Chicago De La Salle junior offensive tackle Jamarco Jones (an early four-star recruit who Allen knows from Core 6 training) and sat right in front of Monona Grove offensive lineman and Wisconsin commit Jaden Gault.
"I see Jamarco on a lot of visits, so it was nice to see him, and Jaden introduced himself to me," said Allen. "He's a real nice guy. He was in the same situation with me with offers from Michigan State and Wisconsin. He told me what he liked about each school, and he lives about 15 minutes away from Wisconsin."
In addition to the Badgers and Spartans, Allen has grabbed offers from Illinois, Iowa and Purdue. Allen has also visited Ohio State. Even with wrestling season starting Monday, Allen has planned two Big Ten visits: to Michigan State (Nov.3) and possibly back to Wisconsin (Nov.17).
"I want to get my decision done with but at the same time, I have been thinking to myself that I really have no idea where I want to go," said Allen. "I've been to every school that has offered me four or five times at least. I know what I have, so now I have to breakdown everything that is going on with each school."