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Sunday, January 20, 2013
Long drive worth it for DE Allen

By Greg Ostendorf

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- For the University of Alabama, it was a weekend geared more toward the undeclared official visitors as the staff looked to fill up the remaining spots in the 2013 class, but the top committed visitor was ESPN 150 defensive lineman Jonathan Allen.

Allen said he had a great time in Tuscaloosa over the weekend.

“It went great,” he said. “I got the chance to meet with a lot of players. I really enjoyed the whole thing. I definitely give it a 10 out of 10.

“It was really the whole atmosphere that I felt when I was down there, especially going to Coach [Nick] Saban’s house. I just felt at home, and it felt like I belonged there when I was down there. That really stood out to me.”

Allen and his family drove all the way from Ashburn, Va., to get to campus, but it was worth the trip with everything they did over the weekend.

“What didn’t we do?” Allen asked. “We chilled with the players, talked to some of the fans, went around town with our host, talked to the coaches, went out for a little bit with the players. It was nice. I liked the whole thing.”

Allen’s host for the weekend was freshman linebacker Denzel Devall. He said he hung out with most of the freshmen from this past season, including fellow linebacker Reggie Ragland.

Allen also talked to some of other recruits in town for their official visits, including ESPN 150 linebacker Reuben Foster and Tennessee defensive line commitment Jason Carr.

“I talked to Jason a little bit, talked to Reuben. They had fun,” Allen said. “They’re still a little bit undecided. They’re trying to take a couple other visits.”

Allen, who measured in at 6-foot-3 and 263 pounds on his visit, is expected to start out at the Jack linebacker position when he gets to Alabama, but defensive coordinator Kirby Smart said he could still move to inside linebacker or the other outside linebacker spot.

Allen said he won’t take any other visits before he signs his letter of intent on Feb. 6.