NEW ORLEANS — Christopher Allen told SEC Country back in February that Alabama held the top spot for him over LSU. That’s still the case.
According to his 247Sports Crystal Ball, 100 percent of recruiting analysts that have offered a prediction on Allen’s landing spot believe he’ll end up at LSU. The Baton Rouge, La., native explained why he favors the Crimson Tide over the Tigers right now.
“Alabama just wins a lot. They just won the last national championship, so obviously they are doing something right there,” Allen told SEC Country at Nike’s The Opening regional on Sunday. “They also send a lot of players to the NFL, and that’s where I want to be.”
Linebacker may be the deepest position at Alabama, but the four-star outside linebacker isn’t worried about what the depth chart looks like. He actually views the opportunity to learn from veterans as a chance to even further his game.
“I would like to get on the field as a freshman and start, but at the same time if I didn’t get to play right away, it would be an advantage because I would get to learn from the older guys and really develop as a player,” Allen said.
The 6-foot-4, 234-pounder said he’s trying to attend Alabama’s spring game this weekend but is not sure if he’ll be able to make it.
The Crimson Tide already have two linebacker commits in the Class of 2017 in four-stars Gary Johnson and VanDarius Cowan. Alabama only signed two linebackers in 2016, as five-stars Ben Davis and Mack Wilson signed with the Tide.
If Allen does end up choosing the Tide, he knows what the reason would be.
“I believe I would develop as a man and as a player if I went there,” Allen said. “I think they could get me to the next level.”
Allen is rated as the nation’s No. 7 outside linebacker and is the No. 4 prospect in the state of Louisiana.
All rankings are provided by the 247Sports composite unless otherwise noted.
Chris Kirschner covers Alabama football recruiting for SECCountry.com and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Follow him on Twitter for the latest on who’s on their way to play in Bryant-Denny.