March 5, 2009

Allen is drawing a lot of interest

Programs from coast-to-coast have searched high and low for defensive tackles each year and several teams have taken their search to Minnetonka (Minn.) to take a look at 6-foot-3, 300-pound Beau Allen. The defensive tackle already has picked up five offers to date and is still receiving a heap of interest from programs including the Buckeyes.

Allen has been hearing from both Jim Heacock and Dick Tressel during the process and has received all usual mail that goes out to prospects on the radar. The senior-to-be just recently sent out his junior year tape to the Buckeyes for review.

Of course it is hard to forget that the Buckeyes landed linebacker James Laurinaitis from Minnesota and that is something that has grabbed the attention of Allen but in his opinion Ohio State just speaks for itself regardless.

"It is a really good school and obviously they have a very good football program and that definitely interests me," Allen said.

The Buckeyes have picked off a player every now and then from Minnesota and the most recent player to head east is a player that Allen had a chance to witness first hand.

"(We played against) defensive tackle Willie Mobley from Eden Prairie (Minn.)," Allen said. "He was a very good player and he is now at Ohio State. I got to talk to him a little bit about Ohio. He sounded really excited about it and I have heard really good things obviously."

Allen has been a starter since he was a freshman and has had the opportunity to focus on playing the defensive tackle position which is a very different path than most college defensive tackles take.

"A lot of people don't realize that," Allen said. "A lot teams take defensive ends and linebackers and bulk them up and get them to 280-pounds and get them to play inside. I am proud of the fact that I am what you would call a true D-tackle because you really don't see a lot of them out there that are going to the college level. I think I do have an advantage in the fact that I really like playing D-tackle and nose guard even… I like to play really physical and throw it up in there and smash some heads (laugh)."

Despite labeling himself as a physical defensive tackle don't believe that Allen can't play more of a technical role if that is what is called upon.

"I like to think that I have some tricks up my sleeve," Allen said.

Are there any plans on the book yet for any spring or summer visits?

"I just need to sit down and get my priorities straight," Allen said. "The thing that I am worried about is that I don't want to miss football (preps) for my high school season especially being a senior and I am a captain this year."

Allen admits that he has started to sit down and think about making some plans but will have to wait for some more information before committing to any sort of travel plans.

"Once we get our summer schedule finalized for my high school team then I will be able to figure out my camp schedule," Allen said.

Allen holds offers currently from Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, Nebraska and Stanford but would an Ohio State offer down the line force him to rethink his list of schools?

"They are a good program and I have always been a fan of what they have been doing," Allen said. "It is kind of a difficult question to answer but I think would definitely spark your interest."


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