Indianapolis (Ind.) Ben Davis four-star safety Antonio Allen has hit the recruiting trail hard in the last several months. His two most recent visits took place over the past two weekends, with trips to Ole Miss and Iowa.
"At Ole Miss I liked the players and I liked the coaches," Allen said. "I felt cool down there. The coaches are all cool and I didn't feel nervous down there; I felt like myself."
While in Oxford, the 5-foot-10, 190-pound Allen had the opportunity to watch the Rebels in action, and came away seeing opportunity in that defense.
"They are going to need some help," Allen said. "They said they need hitters and they need people down there who can tackle and that I'll fit right in there."
Ole Miss holds added appeal for Allen because he has close family members who live near the Rebel's campus.
"My granddaddy and my uncles live in Jackson, Miss," Allen said. "My mom and my dad could just come down and stay at my granddaddy's house to see my play. I like that part if I go there."
Iowa was the first school to offer Allen a scholarship, which came last September. He has stayed in constant contact with assistant coach Eric Johnson, but this past weekend was his first time visiting Iowa City.
"I thought it would be more than what I saw, but it was okay," Allen said. "All the coaches are cool. The DB coach is cool and the head coach, Kirk Ferentz is cool. The players, I didn't really get a feel for them."
Allen was in Iowa City last Saturday for the Hawkeye's final spring scrimmage and was able to see the team in action.
"I seen them scrimmage each other and their safeties come downhill a lot like I do," Allen said.
In the last couple weeks, Allen has seen coaches from Iowa, Michigan State and Ole Miss through his school. He is not listing any favorites at this time, but is not ruling out an early decision.
"I am going to way out all my options," Allen said. "I could choose any day, really."