Class of 2019 Offensive Lineman Howard Allen Focusing on Recruitment after Hurricane Irma

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Everyday life is still getting back to normal for Class of 2019 offensive tackle Howard Allen. Allen and his family, who live in Jacksonville, Fla., went to Georgia to get away from Hurricane Irma, which flooded many parts of Florida and Georgia just over a week ago.

Allen returned to school Monday at Baldwin High School, so recruiting hasn’t been on the top of his priority list. But Allen, who has eight offers, said he’s getting back into it.

South Carolina, South Florida, Auburn and Alabama are the most recent to offer the 6-foot-5 and 280-pound lineman. One unofficial visit is set, but Allen said past that, he hasn’t made many recruiting decisions.

“Really, I look at the team, how they bond and how they get along,” he said. “I want somewhere that feels like a family when I go there. I want it to be somewhere I can see myself playing for four years.”

Virginia Tech offered on Aug. 31, but Allen said he’s still getting familiar with the Hokies.

“I like Virginia Tech and I looked at the facilities on Twitter,” Allen said. “I looked at Google, too and I liked the way it looked. I can see myself going there for four years.”

Assistant coach Charley Wiles has been Allen’s primary recruiter. The two touched base this week.

“He just text me the other day,” Allen said. “Coach Wiles seems like a good guy. He was just asking me how I was doing and everything. It’s a pretty good relationship.”

 Allen said he also has heard regularly from a few other schools. Each has given him a similar message.

“Auburn, South Carolina, Alabama, they all keep in contact and make sure my grades are up,” Allen said. “They all make sure I’m doing good football-wise. They just keep in contact at all times.”