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Allen lands surprise Big Ten offer

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Devon Allen had no inclination that Michigan was going to offer but after hearing that the Wolverines did the Phoenix (Ariz.) Brophy Prep wide receiver was thrilled and will definitely look at them moving forward.
Michigan assistant coach Dan Ferrigno recently stopped by Allen's school and offered the 2013 prospect who also has Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado State, Duke, Oregon State, Purdue, Stanford and Washington offers.
"It was actually a surprise," Allen said. "I haven't been talking to any of the coaches from Michigan so it was a surprise when he showed up at school. I thought the coach was just going to say hi but I was surprised when he offered.
"It's another stepping stone in my journey to college. Once you start getting the big programs you kind of made it. I expect to get a couple more and then I know I can play wherever for Division I football."
Arkansas, Oregon, Cal and UCLA have been showing more interest in Allen, a 6-foot-1, 190-pound prospect who finished with 44 receptions for 844 yards and 14 touchdowns in his junior season.
With so many offers and interest coming in regularly, Allen said he's happy with where his recruitment is headed.
"It's going pretty well," Allen said. "I never thought I was going to get so many offers so quickly. I kind of figured that offers would come later, maybe when I took my visits. I didn't really expect anything to happen junior year so it's a surprise to me."
There are no frontrunners yet. Allen has only taken an unofficial visit to Stanford and he was impressed with that program but it's too early to judge. He will take a trip to Arizona State on Saturday with a bunch of other top 2013 in-state recruits.
"I don't really have any favorites," Allen said. "The only campus I've seen is Stanford so I can't judge so far. I do like Stanford and their academics. They're one of the top schools in the country so that's a big plus."
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