April 22, 2013

Allen brings attitude and toughness

Michigan State picked up a key commitment for the class of 2014 on Saturday when offensive lineman Brian Allen of Hinsdale Central High School in Illinois selected the Spartans. We spoke with the 6-foot-2, 285-pound prospects and got the details.

The Spartans have been very active recruiting Allen over the last 2-years. Not long after his older brother Jack Allen selected Michigan State, the staff started recruiting Brian. We asked him what was it about Michigan State that made it the place for him.

"Just the people," Allen said. "Coach Dantonio and the whole staff they are all really good coaches, but more importantly great people. It was so hard to walk away from places like Iowa and Ole Miss because they have great people as well, but Michigan State just stood out to me."

The fact that his brother is already at Michigan State was something Allen considered. SpartanMag.com asked him about that aspect and how it played a role in his recruitment.

"The idea of playing with him has always been a goal of mine you could say, but he always wanted me to do the best thing for me so he never swayed me a certain way," Allen said.

Jack Allen started 12 games for Michigan State last year and was named a Freshmen All-American for his play. The younger Allen is considered as good if not a better prospect than his older big brother. It is very possible that Brian will have an opportunity to play alongside his brother his senior year. If that happens the Spartans could have multiple brothers on the field at the same time with Riley and Byron Bullough also being on the roster.

Allen has been thinking about making his decision for several months. Now that he has made his college choice, SpartanMag.com asked him what he is looking forward to.

"I am looking forward to starting building relationships with my future teammates, Allen said. "I also want start recruiting future Spartans and to just keep working on getting stronger and better."

The commitment of Allen along with that of Enoch Smith Jr. and Chase Gianacakos gives Michigan State 3 high-level recruits from the state of Illinois for the class of 2014. Allen is rated a 3-star recruit for the class of 2014 and based on the rivals.com position rankings he is the #3 center prospect in the nation for the class of 2014.

Matt Dorsey's Take: It is an exceptional year for talent in Illinois and you can be sure that Allen will be working hard to get some more local prospects to join him in East Lansing. Allen participates in the CORE 6 program which helps area players prepare for athletic and academics at the next level. You can be sure he will be speaking with some of his training partners.

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