Christopher Allen picked up an offer from Alabama a little over a week ago, and the Crimson Tide have already made a major impression on him.
Allen, a four-star outside linebacker from Southern University Lab High School (Baton Rouge, La.), says Alabama is currently his No. 1 school over No. 2 LSU.
“I’m just feeling Alabama more than LSU right now,” Allen told SEC Country. “Alabama just won a championship. I like the coaches more. I feel like I could get developed more (at Alabama) as a player and a man, and hopefully that would lead me to the pros.”
The 6-foot-4, 222-pounder picked up his scholarship offer from Alabama in person when he visited Tuscaloosa during the final week in January for one of the school’s junior day camps.
He said Nick Saban personally offered him a spot to either play inside or outside linebacker if he were to commit to Alabama.
“He said he feels really confident in me playing both positions,” Allen said of Saban’s message to him. “It would pretty much be my decision on which position I would rather focus on.”
The nation’s No. 8 outside linebacker said it was an “unbelievable” experience to get to talk to the five-time national champion in Saban. During that visit to the school, one thing stuck out to him more than anything else, though.
“When I went there, I really liked the facilities. I love all of the coaches,” he said. “I just had a feeling like it was a place that I could prosper.”
Allen, who plays his high school ball around 10 miles away from LSU’s Tiger Stadium, would be looking to buck a trend that the Tigers have established in the state of Louisiana. In the 2016 recruiting cycle, LSU signed nine of the state’s top 10 players. In 2017, the Tigers have one Louisiana prospect committed and have missed on one already. Allen knows a lot of the top players tend to stay in state, but he isn’t worried about that.
“I feel no pressure at all,” he said when asked if his family is pushing him toward any school in particular. “I am going to do what I believe is best for me and my family.”
The state of Louisiana’s No. 7 prospect will be back at Alabama on Feb. 27 for the school’s next junior day camp.
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