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Battlelines drawn for Allen

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He's one of the nation's best cornerbacks and is ranked as the No. 3 player in the state of Georgia according to Rivals.com. But for the past few weeks, Tucker, Ga., cornerback Asher Allen has flown slightly under the radar screen with his focus mainly on his team. Still when he's not talking about his season, he's talking about his future.
"I've been to the Auburn team camp and the Georgia camp," Allen, who is 5-foot-10 and 187 pounds, said. "My coach isn't too big on individual camps so I have just been going with my team. I've gotten to take unofficial visits to Duke, Auburn, Georgia, LSU, and I'm going to Florida on the 23rd.
"I don't really like to talk to the coaches that much. I come home from practice and I don't have a lot of time to just sit and talk. So I don't usually call them, but I get letters and stuff from them telling me to call."
Allen said when does call and talk to coaches, a few of them stand out.
"My favorite coaches to talk to are coach (Bradley Dale) Peveto at LSU and coach (Tommy) Robinson at Georgia Tech," Allen said.
"I like talking to those two guys a lot. LSU has been recruiting me the hardest. I get stuff from them pretty much every day. They tell me they have me as the No. 1 cornerback they're recruiting. They're talking about cornerback and punt returner and have kind of talked about maybe playing slot receiver."
Does that mean LSU is his leader?
"Nah, I like them a whole lot, but I don't think they're my favorite," he said. "I like a bunch of SEC and ACC teams. Georgia, Georgia Tech, LSU, Auburn, Clemson, and I'm about to go to Florida so I'll see how I like them.
"I'm not sure about visits yet. I'm really want to go to LSU again for an official visit. I like it a whole lot there, but that's the only place I'm sure I'm going to go for an official visit."
Allen said he has a few things in mind when it comes time to make a decision.
"I want a place where I feel comfortable and can find playing time," he said.
"I'm not scared to compete, but as long as I can get on the field early on in my career it would be good. If I could play for three years and then go to the NFL, that would be great. But I'm just looking for that gut feeling. Academics are important, too. I want to get a degree that means something and that can get me a good job after football is over."
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