Allen Talks Cal Offer

Hinsdale (Ill.) center Brian Allen didn't know much about the Bears when he got a scholarship offer on Wednesday, but he did know that Cal has quite a reputation for putting centers into the pros.

The first thing that three-star center Brian Allen's father said when his son got off the phone with California offensive line coach Zach Yenser on Wednesday was that the Bears have "a pretty good track record for centers."

With Brian De La Puente serving as the starter for the New Orleans Saints and Draddy Trophy winner Alex Mack in the middle of the Cleveland Browns offensive line, the No. 2 center rated by knows that Cal has a long tradition of putting centers in the NFL, and even though the staff has changed, he has plenty of confidence that the newest school to offer him will continue to achieve at a high level.

"They sound like they're ready to win and put the program back in the right direction," said Allen, who was offered by Yenser during the course of a 30-minute conversation. "I could tell he was pretty pumped up about getting the opportunity."

The scholarship offer Yenser extended during that conversation came as a surprise for the 6-foot-2, 270-pounder out of Hinsdale (Ill.), who already had offers from the Illini, Iowa, Ole Miss, Virginia Tech, Wisconsin, North Carolina State and Michigan State, among others.

"It was definitely a surprise," Allen said. "The first time I talked to him was [Wednesday]. At about six o'clock, I got a Facebook message to call him, so I gave him a call, and he gave me the good news."

It was also his first offer from a West Coast team.

The call was the first time that Yenser and Allen had spoken during his recruitment, but immediately after speaking with the first-year O-line coach, Allen hit the internet to find out more about Cal.

"I've always known that they're a pretty good school, academically," Allen said. "I didn't know nearly as much as I do now. I found out that they're the No. 1 public school in the world, and I had no clue they were of that caliber. That was one of the things I found out [Wednesday] as I did research."

Though Allen had yet to see the Bears' new uniforms, he did know that, in the new Cal offense, the center has a very important role.

"He's the quarterback of the offensive line, and everything they do goes through him," Allen said. "I'm going to be ready for that. I think I'll be able to handle it."

Academically, Allen has a 4.0 GPA on a 5.0 scale, and will take the ACT on Tuesday.

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