Detroit King's Mycial Allen has been picking up momentum with his recruitment over the spring, and on Thursday night the 6-foot, 185-pound prospect picked up his first Big Ten offer of the process from the Iowa Hawkeyes.
"It feels good to know that all the hard work I put in has finally been recognized by a Big Ten school," Allen said.
The offer from Iowa was not unexpected, but that did not lessen the excitement when Allen found out the news Thursday night.
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"I didn't know if it was going to come through this week or next week," Allen said. "After my track meet last week I tried to call him, but it wasn't going through. Today he called me and told me I had an offer."
Allen was talking with Iowa wide receivers coach Erik Campbell when he learned of the offer. Campbell is recruiting the two-way athlete to the offensive side of the football.
"They project me as a receiver," Allen said. "He said he liked how I go get the ball and make plays. That's something I would be interested in. I like how they spread the field and the quarterbacks give the receivers an opportunity to score."
With an offer in hand, Allen said he has plans to visit Iowa probably in mid-June. Allen also has plans to see another Big Ten school in mid-June. He has been in close contact with Michigan State coaches in recent months and will work out at their camp.
"Coach [Harlon] Barnett came up last week and we were talking," Allen said. "I am going up to the Michigan State camp on the 16th of June and [working out] at DB."
Interest from other Big Ten schools is picking up as well. Indiana is a team that has appeared on his radar just in recent weeks.
"At Indiana I've been talking to Coach [Brandon] Shelby," Allen said. "He called me yesterday and wants me to come down to their campus for a camp."
Prior to Iowa, Allen had received offers from Ball State, Bowling Green, Central Michigan, Memphis and Northern Illinois.