May 3, 2009

Allen leads the way

Beau Allen has experienced the recruiting process in ways not seen by past Minnetonka High School football players. In fact, the 6-foot-2, 300-pound defensive tackle from Minnesota is his coach's first big-time prospect.

"Coach (Dave) Nelson thinks things are going great," Allen said. "He said he's kind of nervous because he's never really met all these (college) coaches before."

Allen, who this spring has attracted attention from college coaches from all over the country, said he's excited to help put his school into the national spotlight.

"I'm not sure if I'm the best player (to come out of Minnetonka), but it's definitely cool," he said. "It's a little bit of pressure, but it's fun. We've got great talent; we're just a little under-recognized. Hopefully that trend will change; we've got some great players coming up."

Those college coaches in the Minnetonka halls this spring donned the colors of such recognizable programs as Notre Dame, Minnesota, Wisconsin, UCLA, Nebraska and Stanford.

"It was a busy week last week," Allen said. "Really busy. But (Nelson) is doing a really good job. I'm very happy with him. He's helping me out a ton."

Allen holds offers from Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, Stanford, Vanderbilt and Wisconsin. He said Notre Dame continues to push for a summer camp appearance.

"I actually talked to coach (Rob) Ianello the other day," Allen said. "He was at the school and I happened to bump into him. He said he was really adamant about seeing me in camp and gave me a brochure and stuff."

It seems Allen's barnstorming camp tour last summer, which saw him land several offers after impressive performances, left a mark on the Irish coaching staff.

"He was telling me about how last summer every camp I went to they offered and he was excited for me to come to camp last summer but I couldn't so they didn't get to see me in person," Allen said. "He thought it would make all the difference (this year)."

Allen hopes to visit South Bend this summer, but not at the expense of his high school squad.

"I'm focusing on my high school team before any of the college camps," he said. "I'm a team captain and in my mind it's really important for me to be present for all my high school team functions."

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