November 16, 2011
No Down Time in Norman
Had you spent any time around Oklahoma's Gaylord-Family Memorial Stadium last weekend the empty Sooner football offices could have been quite misleading.
Even though the wall calendars and schedules read 'bye' the Oklahoma coaching staff spent last weekend paving their way through the Mid-Atlantic making recruiting stops on some of the highest ranked class of 2013 prospects in the country.
One of those stops was made to see Ashburn (Va.) Stone Bridge strongside defensive end Jonathan Allen.
"I was real excited when coach (Josh) Heupel told me that they were going to offer. I called (Heupel) on Thursday and they told me to consider myself offered and then the defensive coordinator Brent Venables came up Friday and I was able to talk to him after," said the 6-foot-3, 225-pound Allen.
"They've told me what they expect of me of course and what plans they have for me. It wasn't too long of a visit it was quite brief. They told me what they planned on once I got to college and I was just pleased they took the time to come up there."
Widely considered as one of the best pass rushers in the country the talented two-sport star says he still has a lot to learn about before making any decisions or even naming a clear front leader.
"I'm going to try and make a decision before my senior year but I have no idea where I want to go yet so I'm still taking a lot of things under consideration. I definitely want to make a decision before my senior year but I'm not sure if I will."
"As of right now Maryland, Rutgers, and NC State have all just offered me so they are all recruiting me pretty hard right now but I've only visited NC State and U of V so I would have to see more schools before I rank them."
Visits that will become important while learning more about each school and the unique experiences that come with each campus visit.
"It's crazy. I don't have a lot of specifics. It just depends on how I feel. I'll have to go down there and visit. I'll have to like the coaching staff of course because I feel like a good relationship with the coach is important and I'll have to like their schemes. Location isn't as big so it could be close to home or far away. I don't know it's weird right now," said Allen.
"I'm not too educated on Oklahoma. Probably mostly what I know about them I've seen on TV. I'm a big sports guy so I hear about them a lot but I'll be interested to learn more when I go down there for a visit."
And while he currently holds offers from Boston College, Maryland, NC State, Oklahoma, Rutgers, Virginia and Wake Forest Allen admits there's one more school that he would like to hear from before his recruiting process is done.
"I would actually like to start hearing from Ohio State. That is always a school that I'll be very interested in. My Dad and his whole entire family are big Ohio State fans so I grew up watching them probably more than other football team," he explained.
"I was always an Alabama fan because that is where I was born at too but I didn't really have a favorite football team I just liked college football in general so I'll just watch all the teams now."
Allen and his Stone Bridge (10-1) teammates now get ready for a second round playoff match up with Lorton (Virginia) South County (8-3).
"I feel whoever wins this next game will be going to state in my opinion but we just have to take it one game at a time."
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