NEW ORLEANS — Christopher Allen had circled Feb. 1 on his calendar to announce to his college commitment.
That plan was detailed during a visit to Alabama for the Iron Bowl last weekend when the 4-star priority linebacker ended his recruitment and committed to the Crimson Tide.
That left LSU, which is in great need of linebackers in its 2017 recruiting class, searching for answers.
LSU head coach Ed Orgeron and defensive coordinator Dave Aranda reached out to the elite Baton Rouge prospect soon after his decision, but it was little too late.
“I’ve just been thinking about this the past couple of months,” Allen told SEC Country after helping Southern Lab (La.) capture its second consecutive Louisiana Division IV state championship on Friday. I went down to Bama and really liked it, and I felt like it’s where I wanted to be and where the coaches could really develop me into a great player.”
“I went down to ‘Bama and really liked it, and I felt like it’s where I wanted to be and where the coaches could really develop me into a great player.”
To put a number on it, Allen said he’s “committed 100 percent” to the Tide.
Orgeron and Aranda’s biggest selling point to the 6-foot-4, 234-pounder was to come in and play early. After all, Kendell Beckwith is set to graduate and head to the NFL, leaving an open linebacker position for the Tigers to fill.
Early playing time is intriguing, Allen admitted, but is keen on being developed by Alabama’s coaching staff.
“Coach O and Coach Aranda talked about it and said mainly, I could come to LSU and possibly start,” Allen recalled. “Every player wants to start when he comes into a college. I’d rather play, but I think it would be better to go to a team like Alabama and get developed, and if I’m ready to play I’ll play. If not, I’m cool getting to know the system.”
Allen expects both Orgeron and Aranda to continue to court him. That’s very likely, with LSU clinging to only one linebacker in its current class in Patrick Queen.
Nonetheless, LSU’s efforts may be moot — at least at this stage in his recruitment.
“I think they might try,” Allen said of LSU’s recruiting efforts over the next two months, “but I’m not really worried about it. I’m committed to ‘Bama.”
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