- Erik McKinney, ESPN Staff Writer
Wide receiver Devon Allen (Phoenix/Brophy Prep) released a top-15 list in early July, but that group is beginning to narrow as the 6-foot, 187-pound speedster focuses on fall visits and finalists.
Allen did plenty of traveling and research this summer as he visited several Pac-12 and Big Ten campuses. But his first official visit will be to an SEC program, as Arkansas will host Allen on Sept. 14. It is the only trip Allen has firmly scheduled, but official visits to Notre Dame on Sept. 21 and Texas on Oct. 5 are also possibilities. With so many programs in the mix, Allen will eventually settle on five official visits, but that likely won’t be the end of his travels before signing day, as several unofficial visits could take place as well.
“I would like to visit Washington, UCLA and Ohio State hopefully as well,” he said. “I’ve been to Ohio State and Notre Dame already, so I’m not sure which one I’ll go visit again. I’ll have to decide. Notre Dame is showing me a lot of interest.”
Allen tossed in Oklahoma and Oklahoma State as schools he is looking at as well, but made special mention of Stanford.
“They are definitely in my top three,” Allen said of the Cardinal. “But because I’ve been there three times, I don’t think I need to take an official anymore. That’s a quick flight or drive.”
Allen said some schools have approached him about coming in on a track scholarship, but he said he won’t go that route. However, Allen, who runs the 110-meter hurdles in 13.52 seconds, 300-meter hurdles in 36.36 seconds and placed third in the 110 hurdles at the USA Junior Outdoor Championships this summer, will definitely run track at the next level, and it is part of his football recruiting process.
Though he has plenty of programs to sift through, Allen doesn’t want to drag his decision toward signing day. With track season picking up so quickly after the calendar flips, Allen wants to take advantage of the small down time after his football season ends.
“That will give me some time to go around and see places,” he said. “If I could get it done before track season, that would be great. That way I’m not distracted during that time and I can have fun with my senior track season.”
In addition to the football and track programs, Allen has a pretty clear thought on what he is looking for in a fit at the next level.
“It’s mostly the feel,” he said. “The coaches, the players, the people around you and the whole campus -- the buildings, campus life, the food and the places you can hang around -- because I’ll be spending a lot of time there. Academics are big to me as well.”
Allen and Brophy Prep got their season off to a positive start on Wednesday night, as the receiver hauled in touchdown passes of 64 and 70 yards on his way to 199 yards receiving in a big win.