- Max Olson, ESPN Staff Writer
After casting a wide net and considering more than 15 schools across the country, three-star receiver Devon Allen (Phoenix/Brophy Prep) came to a realization. The more he took visits elsewhere, the more he wanted to play closer to home.
It’s no surprise, then, that Allen is down to three schools and all three are in the Pac-12. The two-sport star said he’s now considering UCLA, Stanford and Arizona State.
Allen has canceled his official visit to Texas for next week’s game against West Virginia. While he said the Longhorns aren’t completely out of contention for his pledge, Allen decided his time was better spent taking visits to his top three schools.
“I didn’t feel Texas was the place for me,” he said. “I’ve been talking to coaches and I like their track coach, but I haven’t really been in contact that much with the football coaches and don’t really know how much they want me.”
Allen said he’s still expecting to receive a visit from Texas’ track coaches this month and had spoken with UT’s football staff as recently as last week.
He was looking forward to visiting Austin, Texas, on the same weekend that fellow Arizonan Cole Luke (Chandler, Ariz./Hamilton) is in town. But plans change, and he decided the visit wasn’t necessary.
“They said I could if I wanted to, but they didn’t know if the interest is there on both sides,” Allen said. “That’s how the recruiting process works. They only have one spot left. They had that Ricky Seals-Jones dude, so they’re looking for a bigger possession receiver.”
UCLA remains the leader for Allen’s pledge following his unofficial visit earlier this month. He’s planning to take a visit to Stanford after Brophy Prep’s season ends, and Arizona State could also receive an official visit.
The Sun Devils’ games are a short drive for Allen, and he’s been impressed so far by the program’s turnaround and 3-1 start under new coach Todd Graham.
“You can really tell the players are playing for something different than they have been lately,” Allen said. “Some of the athletes I’ve seen and know personally, like D.J. Foster, are playing early. That’s kind of cool. I don’t see why I couldn’t do the same if I went there.”
Since ending its recruitment of Seals-Jones, Texas has been searching for another wide receiver for its 2013 recruiting class. The Longhorns offered Allen a scholarship and have pursued Prosper (Texas) receiver Torii Hunter Jr. -- he's since committed to Notre Dame -- and fellow ESPN 150 prospect Laquon Treadwell (Crete, Ill./Crete-Monee).
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