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Thursday, January 24, 2013
Iowa impresses Brian Allen; Indiana next

By Jared Shanker

It was a busy fall for 2014 two-way lineman Brian Allen (Hinsdale, Ill./Hinsdale Central), making numerous visits to colleges for games. This past Sunday marked the first time Allen was on a campus for a junior day, however.

The 6-foot-2, 270-pound interior lineman was at Iowa for its junior day and was impressed with the program’s history.

“Iowa is always fun to go, especially being an offensive lineman. It’s pretty eye opening,” he said. “You can’t ignore the success they’ve had there. They had some offensive line guys on the team talk to us and the coach talked to us. When you get here, it’s hard not to see the tradition they have at offensive line.”

Allen has a total of five offers with Iowa being one of them. Illinois, Michigan State -- where his brother plays -- Purdue and Wisconsin represent the other offers for Allen. He said each of the programs are all in the running and has not cut anyone yet. The Hawkeyes, Spartans and Badgers made the biggest impressions during the season, though.

“They’re all good schools and good guys,” he said, “and it’s hard to think about telling all of them ‘No’ other than one.”

In the midst of an undefeated wrestling season at heavyweight, Allen is trying to find time for more visits. He will go to Indiana for the first time Sunday.

“They’ve been to the school three times this spring, so I met all of them so I’m excited to get down there,” Allen said.

Allen, who calls himself “vertically challenged,” will land at either defensive tackle or on the interior of the offensive line. He said most schools like him on offense.