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Saturday, July 20, 2013
OU visit complicates things for LB Allen

By Bob Przybylo

Inside linebacker Dakota Allen (Houston/Summer Creek) has said that he will make his decision Aug. 16. Before Friday, TCU and Texas Tech were the leaders.

After Friday? He said you have to include Oklahoma. Allen spent nearly 10 hours on an unofficial visit to OU on Friday. The visit was great, he said, which has added a lot more drama to this situation.

“Everything is way more complicated because of the visit,” Allen said. “I still really want to have my decision done before my senior year. Aug. 16 is going to be here before I know it.”

Allen, a three-star prospect who is 6-foot-1 and 227 pounds, was offered by the Sooners last month. He met OU defensive line coach Jerry Montgomery and linebackers coach Tim Kish for the first time Friday.

He said the trip couldn’t have gone any better than it did, although he did say he was a little disappointed OU coach Bob Stoops wasn’t there.

The OU visit also gave Allen a new wrinkle. The Horned Frogs and Red Raiders have been consistent about saying they want Allen as an inside linebacker. OU has some other plans.

“OU told me they want me at outside linebacker,” Allen said. “I’ve played inside linebacker throughout high school. When they offered, it was about linebacker. Yesterday was the first time they mentioned outside linebacker.”

Allen said he was impressed with the campus, including the new athletic dorms that are going to open in the fall. But there were some things about OU that Allen didn’t know about.

For one thing, he had no idea the Sooners had depth issues at  linebacker. He said that the low number of linebackers OU has on its roster right now surprised him.

And a recruiting video opened his eyes.

“They had this video that talked about all the accomplishments the team has had under Stoops, and it was pretty cool,” Allen said. “That was a lot of numbers. The tradition is great.”

Allen had already seen TCU and Texas Tech, and all that’s left is Kansas State. Allen said the KSU visit is set for next weekend.

The Wildcats offered Allen before OU and also have an ace up their sleeve.

“Our quarterback [Aaron Sharp] committed to them last month, so I definitely want to see what KSU has to offer,” Allen said.