Hawkeyes Offer Illinois Freshman

Midwest Regional Manager
Posted May 9, 2011

Hinsdale Central (Ill.) offensive lineman Brian Allen earns an offer from the Iowa Hawkeyes.

The Iowa Hawkeyes have offered a freshman from Hinsdale Central, center Brian Allen.

The offer was reported to Scout by Mike Jones, who coached at Hinsdale Central last year and works with athletes at Core 6.

"We knew about it since Friday," Jones said. "The parents called Coach Ferentz today, and it is definitely official."

The Hawkeyes recruited Allen's older brother Jack, who signed with Michigan State, but held an Iowa offer.

"They knew Jack very well from recruiting. They knew the family, and also met Brian and got to know him a little bit because he was always hanging around, tagging along on visits."

Brian played freshman football a year ago, but will likely move to varsity this year, and possibly into his brother's vacated center spot. He did wrestle on the varsity level and his work on the mat also impressed the Hawkeyes.

"They knew about his accomplishments. He wrestled at 215 in class 3A and took 3rd place. And I guess, the thing about Iowa is, they recruit based on character and the right kinds of people. They felt comfortable with Brian, his background, what he has accomplished, and they way he works to offer him a scholarship at this young an age."

There will be many more likely coming Allen's way before his senior year, and one other school who is on his trail is the one his brother will be suiting up for come fall.

"I know Michigan state obviously knows Brian very well. Coach Roushar met Brian, and they have seen him around the facilities a lot. They expressed an interest in keeping a close eye on him."

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