June 3, 2009

Rivals100 DE wants to check out Rebels

West Monroe High School, a Class 5A powerhouse in northeast Louisiana, has proven to be a "feeder" school, as four-star defensive end Jordan Allen puts it, for LSU.

And while it would prove to be an upset if Allen signed anywhere but LSU in February, he's not shutting the door on other options just yet.

With the door opened, even if just a little, the offers keep rolling in for the 6-foot-6, 253-pounder. Ole Miss joined the fray late last month, getting into a mix that includes LSU, Nebraska, Minnesota, Michigan, Georgia, Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi State, Texas A&M, Southern Mississippi and Alabama.

Some of the schools are not realistic options, Allen admitted. Others are going to get a look.

"It's going to be in the SEC," said Allen, a Rivals100 member, who is rated by Rivals.com as the No. 61 prospect in the country and the No. 8 strong-side defensive end prospect. "The only exception to that would be Texas or Texas A&M. It's going to be around here. I don't want to have drive a lot of miles to get home.

"We pretty much are a feeder program for LSU, but I still like to keep my options open. I haven't really felt pressured into it because of that. "

Allen said both Ole Miss and Mississippi State "kind of caught my attention. They're on me pretty hard, sending me letters and staying in contact."

As for the Rebels, Allen has some knowledge but he's never been to Oxford.

"Obviously, they filter a lot of quarterbacks into the NFL," Allen said. "I like that they're close. They have a really pretty campus. They have the facilities you'd expect from a big-time SEC program. They always have a good season, it seems like. They have a pretty nice base there. It's something definitely worth checking out."

While Ole Miss would certainly love to get Allen on campus this summer, the Rebels will have to compete to get a spot on his calendar

"Mississippi State wants me and my coach to come over there," Allen said. " I might be making a trip to Alabama. I'm going to LSU Saturday. I'm really focusing on getting my shoulder back to par."

Allen had surgery earlier this spring to clean up his shoulder, which was injured during weightlifting. Rehabilitation is going well, and Allen plans to be ready for his senior season.

"It's not really hurting like it was," Allen said. "It seems to have full range of motion. It's just weak right now."

Allen, who recorded 60 tackles and nine sacks, also wants to take a long listen to the recruiting spiels offered by the coaches pursuing him. Allen believes he's cracked a little recruiting code over the past few months, and there are catch phrases that raise flags.

"I kind of get a feeling that somebody wants to move me to offensive line," Allen said without naming specific schools. "I'd hate that. I'm a defensive kind of guy. It's not that I hate the offensive line, but it's something where I just don't like it."

Allen said he plans to tip the scales at 265 pounds this fall, and he hopes to settle into a playing weight between 270 and 290 pounds during his college career.

"I'm talking about putting on bulk, not the thickness you have to have at defensive tackle," Allen said. "I feel more comfortable on the edge and I play better on the edge."

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