Allen Talks About Commitment to South Alabama

He only played in three games as a freshman last fall, but that hasn't stopped plenty of schools from offering Lackawanna TE Julian Allen (6-4, 235). After taking an official visit to South Alabama last month, he decided to commit to the Jaguars, but, while he's very happy with his decision, he said he's still leaving his options open and he will visit a Big Ten school in the near future...

"I committed (to South Alabama) when I was on my visit down there the second to last weekend of June," Allen told "I was there and loving it and I loved how they use their tight end. It fits me perfectly.

"I really liked the coaches a lot too. The people there were all really great people and I just felt like it was the right place for me because their tight end that is there now, Wes Saxton, he's on the Mackey Award Watch List and I think their offense fits me perfectly.

"On the last day of my visit, I told the coaches I wanted to commit."

Allen chose the Jags over offers from the likes of Eastern Michigan, UAB, Central Arkansas and Bethune-Cookman and he is getting heavy interest from the likes of South Carolina and Ohio State.

"I am planning to visit Ohio State soon, but I just haven't set up a time to go out there and see it yet," Allen said. "Coach (Urban) Meyer said he really wanted to get me out there to see the school and to meet with me. They are looking at some high school guys and I know coaches would prefer to get a guy they can have for four years instead of just two, so I know I will have to wait a little while, but I definitely want to go and check them out."

Allen was a solid recruit coming out of Washington Township (Sewell, NJ), but he was unable to qualify, so he decided to head to Lackawanna to continue his football career while getting his academics in order.

"It was either here at Lackawanna or a prep school, and I just felt like it was a better chance for me to get myself recruited if I headed here because coach (Mark) Duda is a coach who gets his guys recruited and he'd been talking to me for a while and really showed an interest in me and what I could do."

As a freshman for the Falcons last fall, Allen only played in three games due to a broken fibula, so he managed to only post six receptions for 58 yards and a touchdown.

That lack of productivity meant that he had to prove to coaches that he was back and could get it done at the next level.

"Right after the season, that's when I was cleared to start running again, so I'm back at 100% and I sorta blew up in the spring," Allen noted. "Schools got a look at me and what I could do and they really liked me a lot and that's when most of my offers came in."

Allen is on pace to graduate this December and he will have three years to play two following the 2014 football season.

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