Decision Day Nears
Bryant Allen
National Recruiting Editor
Posted Dec 9, 2008


"Recruiting has been fun, but it's time to get down to business and time to get the decision done," said wide receiver Bryant Allen. "I don't want to wait until January because I don't want the offers to be gone." Allen will be announcing his decision on Dec. 18 without having taken a single official visit and admits his top three are now Missouri, Minnesota and Kansas.

Bryant Allen, the 6-foot, 165-pound three-star wide receiver from Richmond Heights High School in Maplewood, Mo., will be announcing his decision on Dec. 18 at the Herbert Hoover Boys and Girls Club without having taken a single official visit.

"I play basketball too (team is 4-1) and our schedule is tough," Allen said. "We won state last year, so we're real busy and I probably won't be able to take any visits officially."

In fact, Allen was forced to cancel a visit scheduled to Missouri on Dec. 12 because of a basketball tournament. He also cancelled trips to Iowa and Minnesota because of prior basketball engagements.

"Recruiting has been fun, but it's time to get down to business and time to get the decision done," he said. "I don't want to wait until January because I don't want the offers to be gone."

Allen, ranked as the No. 92 wide receiver in the country by Scout.com, insists that he still hasn't made up his mind about which school he's going to pick. "Right now I'm still undecided," he said. "There's really six schools that I like."

When pressed, Allen admitted that his top three are No. 25 Missouri, Minnesota and Kansas.

"It'll come down to the coaches," he said. "That's what'll get me. It'll be the little things they do and say. I want to play for energetic coaches and want to see how they interact with me and my family and if they really are trying to get to know me as a person. That's a big thing."

Allen's already gotten to know a few coaches pretty well as Minnesota, Kansas and Iowa all visited him at home last week. The Jayhawks will be visiting him again today, Dec. 9, but this time with head coach Mark Mangino.

"I really like the style of football that Kansas plays," Allen said. "They beat Mizzou and I love how they pass the ball a lot and use their playmakers. They move guys around a lot and get the best out of their players."

The Jayhawks are also recruiting Allen for basketball. "They said they are gonna talk to the basketball coach for me," he said.

In-state favorite Missouri is only two hours away but Allen insists that distance won't be a factor.

"I don't think negative of Mizzou for losing to Kansas or Oklahoma," he said. "Oklahoma especially has a really good team. It just seems like Missouri can't handle the big games.

"But I still really like the coaches and all the athletes they have," he said. "I think they'll shake it off and be ready to go for the bowl game."

Another team that is bowl bound this year is Minnesota and the Gophers assistant coach Thomas Hammock visited Allen at home last week. "He says that I'd fit in real well with their offense," he said. "He told me I'm No. 1 on their list."

Of course the Gophers aren't the only ones that have Allen as a main priority. Iowa has been recruiting him hard as well and recruiting coordinator Eric Johnson visited him last week as well. "They have good football tradition at Iowa," he said.

"It's a nice college town and they made a good impression on me," he said. "They said they really need a playmaker like me and that I'm the guy they need."

Allen finished his senior season (13-1) with over 1,000 yards receiving and 29 touchdowns.

He reports a 3.2 core GPA and a 22 ACT.



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