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Allens recruitment may be nearing its close

Devon Allen's offer from Texas is only new in the way that word of it is just now reaching the masses. Otherwise, it's ancient history. Especially in recruiting terms.
It came in a month ago and just never leaked out. On Thursday, the Phoenix (Ariz.) Brophy Prep senior finally got around to telling people.
"I just haven't been reporting the offers to anyone," he said when reached by phone. "It's kind of been a big blur of stuff going on. I just never really mentioned the offers, I guess."
A blur, indeed. So much so, in fact, that he also forgot to talk about the offer from California he acquired on an unofficial visit in mid July. More than a month later, that's public knowledge too.
Now that the speedy four-star wide receiver is talking, though, there's plenty of new information to be gleaned. Allen says Stanford is his current favorite followed by Texas. He also says he'll take an official visit to Arkansas on Sept. 15.
The two visits to watch closely will come later. Allen will take his official to Texas on Oct. 6. Another trip to Stanford is also being planned. If the mood is right on either of those weekends, he'll have no problem pulling the commitment trigger.
It's a simple plan, really. It's also one that could put a bow on his recruitment in the near future.
"If I see what I want on these visits, I might just commit then and there," Allen said. "That's what's going to happen. If I go to a school and I really like it, there isn't much more thinking to do.
"Stanford is definitely ahead of Texas just because I've been there and seen the campus. I've gotten to know the coaches and all that."
The No. 26 wide receiver in the country, Allen is an accomplished sprinter and only considering schools that will allow him to play football and run track. He says the combination of the two programs at both Texas and Stanford are what sets those schools apart from the pack.
He's open to planning other visits following his trips to Texas, Stanford and Arkansas if need be, but has no plans to do so at this time.