June 17, 2011

Texas WR impressed with UA visit

Lone Star wide receiver Chance Allen recently visited the University of Alabama, and the 6-foot-2 prospect from Missouri City, Texas, had nothing but positive reviews.

"It went well, I got a chance to talk to Coach Nick Saban and the whole staff," Allen said. "They showed me around, and I toured the campus and the stadium and everything."

Allen said he was impressed not only by Alabama's campus, but the friendliness of people both inside and outside of the program.

"It was a great campus," Allen said. "Tuscaloosa is a great college town, there are great staff members. The people are just great. When I bumped into somebody and told them I was thinking about going to
Alabama, they were just really excited."

The Crimson Tide coaching staff was impressed with Allen's performance in drills and encouraged him to come back later in July to participate in front of them again. Allen said that if he comes back in July and performs to his potential, he is confident that he will receive an Alabama offer.

"The coaches told me that I was a great performer." Allen said.
While participating in drills, the Rivals.com three-star got to talk with UA assistant Mike Groh about the offensive scheme and how Allen could possibly fit into Tide's game plan. The taller receiver said he is confident that he would be able to fit in as a playmaker for Alabama.

"Coach Groh was showing me how Alabama runs the pro-style offense and how the receivers get open," Allen said. "I think I can fit straight into (Alabama's) offense. I am a big target, an outside receiver that can get up and down the field."

With Alabama losing talented wide receiver Julio Jones to the 2011 NFL Draft along with the eventual departure of Marquis Maze at the end of the season, Allen said that he could see himself as someone who could come in and contribute at the same level of the previous Crimson Tide standouts.

"I don't want to say I could ever fill the shoes (Jones) did," Allen said. "But I think I could reach up to his potential when I get in there and learn the system."

Though Allen hails from the state of Texas, a state dominated by the University of Texas and Texas A&M, he said leaving the state would not be a problem for him.

"It is not an issue at all," Allen said. "I just want to go somewhere where the games are televised and my family can see me play."

Allen said he plans to visit Texas A&M and make a return trip to Tuscaloosa in July. In the meantime, he will not be making any visits, instead focusing on preparing himself for next season.

"I am just going to work on my explosion off the ball and my speed in and out of my breaks when I'm coming across the field," Allen said. "I just want to make big plays for my team."

Allen currently list Alabama, Iowa State Minnesota and Oklahoma State as his leaders in the recruiting process.

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