August 20, 2008
Ohio star hearing from Spartans
One of the top players in the Buckeye State that has not made a commitment as of yet is Denicos Allen of Hamilton High School in Ohio. The 6-foot-0, 200-pound linebacker prospect has an impressive list of offers and visited Michigan State earlier this summer.Spartanmag.com spoke with Allen and got the latest.
Allen is rated a 3-star prospect by Rivals.com and the #34 outside linebacker prospect in the nation for the class of 2009. He is also ranked the #33 player in Ohio and is one of the top ten remaining prospects in the Buckeye State for the class.
We asked Allen about his upcoming season and his recruitment.
"It is going good, he said. We are getting ready for our first game. I am playing both offense and defense. I will be playing a lot of running back this year as well as linebacker. I have around 25 offers all together. I am working on setting up visits to some schools like Illinois and Wisconsin."
At one point it seemed as if Allen may make a summer decision, but it looks as if that plan has been pushed back a bit.
"I think I am going to take a few visits and then make my decision, he said."I want to see a few schools and also see what other schools offer."
Allen's offer list is impressive. In addition to offers from pretty much every school in the MAC, he also has offers from most of the Big Ten as well as schools like Cincinnati, Louisville and Marshall. The only Big Ten teams that have yet to pull the trigger are Ohio State, Penn State, Michigan and Michigan State.
We asked Allen about Michigan State?
"I went up their summer," Allen said. "It was nice, I liked it up there. Coach Barnett keeps in-touch with me."
Allen was not willing to name a favorite school at this point, but it is obvious that a few schools may hold the upper hand. The Big ten schools would seem t have the inside -track, unless Allen decided he wants to stay close to home and attend Cincinnati.
The Spartans have yet to offer Barnett and until recently it may have been unlikely that an offer would be forthcoming. However, due to some recent attrition, the Spartans may have some additional scholarship room and Allen is a player that could earn a scholarship with a strong performance this fall.
"Some teams have said they want to see how I play this fall he said. I am going to send them my tape after a few games."
One of the things that makes Allen an intriguing prospect for Michigan State is that it is possible that he could project as either and outside linebacker or possibly a strong safety. Allen play primarily linebacker for Coach Jim Place at Hamilton, but he has the speed (4.47 forty) to possibly project in the secondary as well.
Allen will like join some other talented players like Thomas Gordon off Detroit Cass Tech High School and Shamri Benton of Birmingham Brother Rice as prospect the Spartans staff keeps a close eye on this fall. Stay tuned to SpartanMag.com for all the latest details on Allen and his recruitment in the coming weeks.
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