Football recruiting: Network news

A collection of features and Hot News items on four prospects that are receiving interest from the University of Wisconsin football program: Dionte Allen, Robert Hughes, Cameron Joplin and Josh Brent.

Dionte Allen: Different kind of game

Orchard Lake (Mich.) cornerback Dionte Allen (6-0, 170, 4.4), from St. Mary Prep, said he has about 15 scholarship offers, including from Wisconsin — most in writing. "I don't know who leads yet, but I have a top five," Allen said.

"Michigan is only a half-hour from home. I went to their camp today. The coaches said that my back pedaling technique has gotten better and that I'm faster breaking it to the ball," he said. "I really like coach Ron English (defensive coordinator/safeties) because he's down-to-earth. Also, my older-classmen friends play there: Chris McLaurin (linebacker) and Morgan Trent (cornerback).

"I've always liked Florida State. They just have a different kind of game going on there and they're my childhood favorite. I've looked up to Deion Sanders and Peter Warrick. My first unofficial visit will probably be in July, but I have no set date.

"I've visited Ohio State and they have a real nice campus with a great horseshoe (football stadium). My cousin, Aaron Grant (safety), goes there and it would be nice to play with him," Allen said.

"I liked the coaching at Notre Dame. Coach Charlie Weis was cool because he didn't just talk about football. We had conversation too.

"Miami is Miami! It's the only other school besides Florida that I haven't been to yet. It's every kid's dream to go there because of the hot weather and they play so many schools (ACC, coastal division)," Allen said.

"I don't know when I will narrow down a school that has a slight lead, but hopefully in winter I will know more — or after I've visited Florida State. My parents don't mind where I go, and I don't prefer staying close or going far.

"Texas and USC aren't in my top five because they called in the school year to say they were interested in me, but I haven't received written offers from them.

"I'm a great leader. If I lead on the field, people will follow. I'm a hard worker, I listen and I'm competitive. I like cornerback more than safety because I know the position better and I've been playing it longer. This summer I'm trying to lift (bench presses 225) and workout every day to increase my strength," he said.

Allen reports a 3.2 core GPA and a 21 ACT score.

—Allen Wallace,

Robert Hughes: Runs over the competition

Robert Hughes, a 6-foot, 220-pound running back from Chicago (Hubbard), is one of the Top 100 prospects in the Midwest. Hughes has several scholarship offers, including from Wisconsin, he participated in the U.S. Army National combine this past January in San Antonio and he's a candidate to participate in the Army All-American Bowl in January. Here are more highlights from Robert's junior season.

—Chris Pool,

Cameron Joplin: Pitt camp notebook

When I first entered the indoor facility on Monday a player immediately caught my eye, so after further investigating I found out it was Ann Arbor, Mich., tight end Cameron Joplin. You talk about a kid that passes the looks test. He looked to be about 6-foot-4, 245 pounds and chiseled. Joplin told me the staff is going to evaluate his film and let him know. He seemed to genuinely enjoy the trip.

—Bob Lichtenfels,

Josh Brent talks Iowa camp

Bloomington, Ill. (Central Catholic) defensive tackle Josh Brent attended his first camp this past Saturday at the University of Iowa. It was his second visit to Iowa City, and according to Brent, his visit went well.

"It was a good way for me to start off the summer," Brent said. "I have a better overall impression of Iowa after attending the camp. It gave me the chance to see the type of, not only athletes, but high character guys that they recruit to be a part of their program."

It is not hard to envision to think that Brent would have been one of the top overall performers at the camp.

Brent is too humble to make that comment, but did inform as to the feedback he received from the Iowa coaches.

"Both Coach (Ron) Aiken and the defensive coordinator told me that they definitely can see me playing at Iowa," added Brent, who attended Illinois's camp last week, but did not participate.

"When I spoke with Coach (Kirk) Ferentz, he told me he was ready for me to commit to them at any point now, but he also understood that I want to take my official visits first. The coaches liked my explosion off the line, and the fact that really I was never pushed back by an offensive lineman."

Brent also noted he had learned some new techniques at the camp, as well.

"Coach Aiken really worked me with on some new moves to use during pass rush, and different technique to use when going against the run. I definitely walked away having learned something," Brent stated.

Brent was set to attend Michigan's camp today, and then plans to attend Michigan State's camp tomorrow. Later this weekend, he'll conclude his camp appearances by attending Ohio State.

Brent also received a recent offer from the Nebraska Cornhuskers.

"Nebraska offered me last week," Brent said. "Coach (Kevin) Cosgrove told me he had the chance to see my highlight video and spoke with people at my school, and knew that he wanted me (to be) a part of the program. I have to talk with their coaches more, and do some more research before I can really have an opinion on Nebraska."

Brent noted that he plans to narrow his list right before the start of his senior season.

—Josh Clark,

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