- Tom VanHaaren, ESPN Staff Writer
As the last stop on his Midwest visit, 2013 wide receiver Devon Allen (Phoenix/Brophy Prep) made it to Ann Arbor for the BBQ at the Big House after stopping by Ohio State and Notre Dame. Coming from the Grand Canyon state, Allen's biggest concern with the Midwest schools was whether he would need to wear a jacket year-round.
"It definitely helped [Michigan]. The big thing for me was the weather, and I know it's summer but it was kind of hot so that was good," he said. "Some of the coaches said it didn't even snow that much this winter compared to how it usually does, so I liked that.
Other than the weather, Allen felt as though the visit gave him a good perspective on what Michigan has to offer. His father, Louis, attended Ohio State so the family has ties to the Buckeyes. Allen spent some time with current Michigan commit Jake Butt (Pickerington, Ohio/Pickerington North), who also has ties to Ohio State.
"[Butt is] from Columbus, right down the street from Ohio State. He told me that when he was younger he would never go to Michigan," Allen said. "But it felt like the right place for him. The family atmosphere and the football is top tier. He said he chose it on how he felt and told me to really look at all the schools closely."
Allen and Butt also discussed the potential of playing with quarterback commit Shane Morris (Warren, Mich./De La Salle), which is obviously a plus in the mind of Allen. Having a top-tier quarterback committed will never be a bad thing for a receiver.
This receiver also happens to care about academics, and engineering more specifically. Allen knows Michigan is one of the top engineering schools and top schools in general. For that reason they didn't discuss engineering specifically, but talked more football instead.
"The coaches said they were looking to add another receiver. They said they would like some speed and I bring that," he said. "I actually got there a little late, so I got to meet one-on-one with Coach [Brady] Hoke for about 20 minutes. We had a good conversation about everything."
Allen doesn't know when he'll be able to narrow his list down from here, but he said this Midwest swing gave him a better perspective on what he's looking for.
"I think I might be able to cut some schools at this point," he said. "I really liked all three of these schools, so I don't know if I'd cut any of these programs. Michigan, Ohio State and Notre Dame are schools that I'll look to play off of and compare to make my decision going forward."