Devon Allen meanders through what seems like a cliché post-visit interview. UCLA was awesome. Crowd was great. Loved the coaches. A good time was had by all, yadda yadda. It's all pretty standard stuff.
Until the end.
Whatever happened during the four-star wide receiver's weekend trip to see the Bruins' 37-6 win over Houston made an impact, the aftershock of which has shaken up Allen's previously professed frontrunners of Stanford and Texas. Suddenly, UCLA rules the roost.
"UCLA is definitely No. 1 right now," Allen said on Wednesday evening. "I didn't really expect for it to be that great. I really enjoyed being there. UCLA is the top as of now, but that could change when I take my official to Texas. I haven't been to Texas yet."
Allen will visit Texas on Oct. 6. For now, however, he'd rather talk about UCLA, where he sat next to the Bruins' track coach as he watched last weekend's game from the stands. Away from the football field, Allen, a track star at Phoenix's Brophy Preparatory Academy, plans to specialize in the 200 meters.
But it wasn't just the track chat that catapulted the Bruins to the top of his list.
"Being around those fans was cool," Allen said. "I know some of the guys on the team, but getting to know the other players was great, too. I really loved the area there. It was a little hot out there by their standards, but it seemed pretty cool to me, coming from Arizona."
Allen's change in favorite makes his upcoming visit to Texas even more important. The wideout once said that he'd like to make a commitment soon after he returns from Austin. That seems to have changed recently, though.
An official visit to Stanford is still in the works, but no date has been set as of yet. There's also a newcomer to his recruitment that has the potential to shake things up a bit.
"Florida State is picking up interest," Allen said. "They already offered for track, but I've talked with the football program. They're going to talk as a staff about what to do with me. If an offer comes out of that, I might take an official down to Florida State."