Brad Allen Updates Recruiting

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Vanderbilt will be the first school to receive an official visit from Venice (FL) tight end Brad Allen . Allen goes there this weekend and is looking forward to his trip.

“I’m going to Vanderbilt this coming weekend, and I’m excited,” said Allen. “I’m looking forward to it.”

The 6-4, 250 pound Allen is being recruited as a tight end on the next level. He plays both tight end and defensive end in high school. Through six games in the 2003 season, Venice is 4-2. Allen has caught one touchdown pass and has one defensive score.

Virginia and North Carolina join Vanderbilt as two other schools that will receive official visits. Those appear to be his top three schools right now.

“Coach [Andy] Heck from Virginia and I have talked about me coming on the fourth weekend in November [to see the game versus Georgia Tech],” said Allen, who has offers from all of his favorites as well as other programs including Auburn, Clemson, Michigan, and Georgia Tech. “The date isn’t set in stone, but it looks like that’s when I will come. I’ve talked with Coach Hunter at UNC and I’ll visit them sometime after my season I think.

“Those are the three schools I’m looking at right now. I might take a fourth visit, but I’m not sure where that would be.”

Virginia impressed Allen during the May evaluation period of the recruiting process, when he was able to speak with Coach Heck for the first time.

“Virginia first sent me the questionaire, and then I got a phone call from Coach Heck during the May evaluation period,” said Allen. “My family was really really impressed with him. Coach Heck is a man of great integrity, which really sparked my interest. The fact that he would be my position coach is big, and Virginia has a reputation for academics and is on the rise in football. We took an unofficial trip out there during the summer and enjoyed it.”

Allen, who carries a 4.0 grade point average, wants to major in Pre-Med. He says his decision will come down to where he sees himself fitting in academically and athletically.

“My decision will be based on where I can see myself further in the future,” said Allen. “I’m just going to go with my gut.”

A December or January decision would not be out of the question here, as Allen would like to decide before the February Signing period.