April 6, 2012

4-star enjoys time in East Lansing


Earlier this week Michigan State was able to host one of the top safety prospects in the Midwest when Antonio Allen of Ben Davis High School in Indiana stopped in. SpartanMag.com has some details on the recruitment of the 4-star prospect.

The 5-foot-11, 195-pound Allen is known for being one of the hardest hitting players in the class of 2013. Rivals.com ranked him the #15 player in the nation at his position and he is a Rivals top 250 prospect. We asked him about his visit to Michigan State.

"My visit to Michigan State was good," Allen said. "I like Coach Dantonio he is a laid back guy and Coach Barnett is a hyper guy during practice. The way they coach reminded me of my coaches. Michigan State is a very big school; it is the biggest one I have visited. The facilities there are very nice and the players seemed cool too."

Allen informed us that he already had an offer from the Spartans prior to arriving on campus.

"They offered me last month," he said. "They said I am one of 4 safeties prospect they have offered for the class."

The Spartans currently have one Ben Davis alumni starting in the secondary in strong-safety Isaiah Lewis. Allen, if he ended up in East Lansing, would likely have a great chance of replacing the All-Big Ten performer. He talked about making his choice.

"I am looking for a school that I am comfortable at. I want to be around good players and good coaches. I am thinking I will make my decision before my senior season."

In addition to Michigan State, Allen also has scholarship offers from Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Purdue, Mississippi, Cincinnati, Louisville and Kentucky. Other schools showing him a high-level of interest include Ohio State, Wisconsin, Michigan, Notre Dame and Oregon.

Under Head Coach Mark Dantonio the Spartans have dominated All-Big Ten honors in the secondary the last 2 seasons. With Lewis and Johnny Adams that will likely be the case again in 2012. Coach Dantonio takes a hand's on role in defensive back recruiting due being a former Division 1 defensive back as well as secondary coach.

SpartanMag.com will be sure to keep in contact with Allen in the coming weeks. Being only one of four players the Spartans have offered at safety is an indication that he is a high-priority recruit for the class of 2013.


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