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ESPN 150 DE Allen picks Alabama

5/21/2012

Four-star and ESPN 150 defensive end Jonathan Allen (Ashburn, Va./Stone Bridge) verbally committed to Alabama on Monday morning. The 6-foot-3, 225-pounder chose Alabama over offers from Florida, Michigan, Penn State, Oklahoma and Virginia Tech.

The No. 82-ranked player in the country recently named Florida and Alabama his co-leaders after visiting Florida for its spring game, but after a weekend trip to Tuscaloosa, Allen decided to pull the trigger for the Crimson Tide.

"At the end of the day I thought Alabama was the best fit for me," Allen said. "They give me the best opportunity to showcase my talents.

"Going to Alabama I will be competing with and against the best players in the country," he said. "I felt like at the end of the day that is going to make me a better player -- I enjoy the competition."

Allen, who over the last two seasons has registered over 190 tackles and 35 sacks, says Alabama will be getting a relentless defender.

"I feel like they are getting a high intensity player with a high motor that never quits," he said.

Allen, ranked as the No. 5 defensive end in the country, says he is still trying to work out details to enroll early at Alabama, but in the mean time Tide fans should not worry about him looking at other schools.

"I'm not taking anymore visits other than to Alabama," he said. "I'm done."

When Allen informed Nick Saban of the decision on Monday morning, the Alabama head coach was more than pleased.

"Coach Saban was excited when I told him. He said he wanted to go out and celebrate," Allen said.

Allen becomes the first defensive end commit for the Tide. Alabama now has 14 verbal commits, including eight that appear in the ESPN 150. Twelve of Alabama's 14 commits are ranked four-stars or higher.