Texas is getting serious about its recruitment of two-sport star Devon Allen (Phoenix/Brophy Prep).
The three-star receiver prospect told HornsNation he officially received an offer from Texas and receivers coach Darrell Wyatt nearly two weeks ago.
That’s a significant move for the Longhorns, who already have commitments from two touted 2013 receivers and continue to chase No. 1 receiver and former UT pledge Ricky Seals-Jones.
Texas typically doesn’t offer out-of-state prospects until they’ve made a visit to campus. Allen is taking care of that soon.
After making plans with Wyatt and the coaching staff, Allen is set to make his official visit to Texas for the West Virginia game on Oct. 6.
“We’re just kind of getting the kinks figured out -- the plane ticket and the hotel room and stuff like that,” he said. “Coach Wyatt said that would be the best day for me to come out because that’s when a lot of other recruits are coming, too. It would be nice to meet some of the guys I might be playing with.”
In addition to Wyatt, Allen said he’s also being recruited by Texas associate track head coach Mario Sategna and has spoken with head coach Bubba Thornton.
The 6-foot, 187-pound wideout is the state of Arizona’s top high school hurdler. He earned Gatorade Boys Track Athlete of the Year honors as a junior after winning state titles in the 110- and 300-meter hurdles.
“Texas has a great track program, and that’s a big plus,” Allen said. “That’s kind of why they moved up the list so quickly even though I’ve never been there.”
Allen said the track coaching staffs at Texas, Arkansas, Ohio State and Notre Dame have kept in contact with him more than the rest, but he’s heard from track and field coaches at nearly every school still recruiting him.
Texas is just one of many visits Allen will make to football and track programs around the country.
He’ll make an official visit to Arkansas for the Hogs’ Sept. 15 showdown with Alabama. Allen is also working on plans for an official to Notre Dame, and he’s attending Arizona State’s season opener Thursday against Northern Arizona on an unofficial visit.
The list of schools Allen is still considering remains a long one, but right now it’s down from 15 to 11: Arizona State, Arkansas, Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Stanford, Texas, UCLA and Washington.
All of those schools remain contenders for official or unofficial visits this fall. Allen is hoping to narrow down his list and reach a decision after completing his visit schedule.