RIVER RIDGE, La. — SEC coaches continued to try and stop by John Curtis Christian School as late as Thursday morning to try and speak to Willie Allen.
They were a little too late.
Allen, a four-star offensive tackle, had already made up his mind: He is going to LSU.
That was his gut feeling dating back to mid-December. After numerous conversations with his family and his high school coaches, Allen decided to trust his intuition and committed to the Tigers Thursday.
“It wasn’t an easy decision,” Allen told SEC Country. “I sat down with my family to talk about it, and they didn’t make it easy for me.”
LSU edged out TCU and Auburn, but the decision truly came down to the Tigers and Horned Frogs.
Allen pegged the two teams as even throughout most of the process.
“Schools like TCU recruited me hard, but they were eight, nine hours away,” Allen said. “I got a lot of respect for their coaching staff, and when I told them I was going to commit, they said ‘I don’t care’ and ‘We love you.’ It wasn’t an easy decision. It was emotional and a tough decision.
“It was about one and one until I thought about it,” he added.
The 6-foot-7, 310-pound tackle and nation’s No. 15 prospect at the position, made a phone call to LSU coach Les Miles seconds after putting on a Tigers cap Thursday.
Allen was glad the recruiting process was finally over, and Miles was even happier to hear he had a new tackle coming to Baton Rouge, La.
“Coach Miles was happy,” Allen said of the call. “He says I’m the missing piece to the puzzle. That’s a good feeling, and I’m ready to get there and work. … I plan on playing as a true freshman. I want to work hard this summer in the weight room to get better. I have a lot of confidence (I can play early), but I have to compete wherever I go.”
Auburn coaches attempted to meet with Allen on Thursday, but they didn’t have an opportunity. Auburn was one of the three finalists for Allen, who informed SEC Country that Ole Miss rescinded its offer last week.
Allen also was courted by UGA, Miami and Mississippi State.
“All of them are good schools and I have nothing bad to say about them,” Allen said. “Ole Miss dropped me because all of their tackle spots were filled. Coach Hugh (Freeze) came by last week and told me. I didn’t have a problem with it. It made my decision easier, actually.”
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