June 24, 2010

Top Spartan target picking up more offers

Earlier this spring the Michigan State Staff offered center prospect Jack Allen of Hinsdale Central High School in Illinois. The Spartans offer was the first Big Ten scholarship for 6-foot-2, 270-pound recruit. As expected, it did not take long for other Big Ten schools to jump on the bandwagon as well. SpartanMag.com spoke with this top recruit for Head Coach Mark Dantonio and his staff and got the latest.

It is a great year for offensive line talent in the state of Illinois and Michigan state Offensive Line Coach Dan Roushar has been working hard in the Land of Lincoln to indemnify and evaluate the best prospects available. Allen is a player that Coach Roushar and the Michigan State Staff view as a plan A recruit for the class of 2011. Allen recently made a trip to three of his favorites and provided some details.

"I went t Iowa on Friday, Allen said and then I went to Indiana and Michigan State. I did not workout due to an ankle injury I suffered at a wrestling camp. Iowa offered me on Friday and I already had offers from Indian and Michigan State."

In addition to being a standout on the football field, Allen is also one of the top wrestlers in the state of Illinois. He informed SpartanMag.com that he is a two-time state runner-up at heavyweight.

We asked Allen about his thoughts about Michigan State.

"I like everything about Michigan State from top to bottom,," Allen stated. "I like the coaches the, players and the facilities. They have great people and I feel very comfortable there."

In addition to the school listed above, Wisconsin and Northwestern are also involved in his recruitment and Allen indicate that he may take visits to each of those schools to check them out.

This past weekend, Allen's teammate Scot McDowell was at the Michigan State Camp and he had a strong performance there. The combination of McDowell and Allen should gibe Hinsdale one of the best offensive lines in Illinois and expectations are high for the coming fall.

"Everyone is working hard to get better," Allen stated. "Some people are doubting us, but I think we have a chance to be pretty good."

Allen's modest attitude about the team is indicative of the type of player he is. An All-Conference and All-Area selection last fall, Allen is known to let his play do the talking. Hinsdale Central is always one of the top teams in the area and the hard work the team does in the off season has paid off. The Red Devils have made the playoffs 9 straight years and they were State Finalist in 2008.

As far as when a decision could be made and what he is looking for , Allen indicate the following.

"I would like to make my decision before my first game, that way I can focus on my senior season and school. The relationship I have with the coaches and players will be important. I want to make sure I am comfortable wherever I decide to go. "

Academics is something Allen is also looking at. He informed us that he has an interest in Hotel-Restaurant Management/Entrepreneurship. Many of the schools he is focused on have strong programs in the field including Michigan State School of Hospitality Business.

Though Allen was not ready to name a favorite school at this time, he did indicate that the three Big Ten schools he has offers from currently top his list. Michigan State did not sign a center prospect in the class of 2010 and right now Allen is the only player they have offered that they project solely at that spot.

SpartanMag.com will be sure to follow-up with Allen in the coming weeks. The Spartans are in good shape with several high-level offensive line prospects and Allen is one of them. Rivlas.com has Allen rated as a 2-star recruit, that ranking will sure be reevaluated in the coming months as a player of his ability should be ranked one of the top prospect at his position.

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