Rivals250 to watch tight end Dwayne Allen committed to Georgia back in December. Despite that, the 6-foot-4, 235-pounder out of Fayetteville (N.C.) Terry Sanford made visits to both North Carolina and North Carolina State this past weekend for junior days. Is he still firm with the Bulldogs?
"I was actually up at North Carolina State for a picture day," he said. "After that, I went around the university and it's great. I met with the coaches including Jim Bridge. He's a lively guy and told me that they really want me at State and how it's nice to be close to home and have fans and family see you play. He also said if I were to go there, I'd play early."
After the trip to Raleigh, Allen made a short journey down the road to Chapel Hill.
"I went to a sort of junior day for them too," he said. "I got to meet Butch Davis, coach Thigpen and Blake. I also met Marvin Austin and he's a great guy.
"North Carolina is a totally different environment then when Bunting was there. They've got a championship vibe and I believe are ready to compete. I did talk to coach Davis and he said the same things as coach Bridge at NC State about playing close to home. He also told me a bit about his background and the tight ends he's coached and how they've done at the next level."
Did either visit shake his commitment to Georgia?
"I'm still committed to Georgia," he said. "I like the coaching staff and opportunity to play in the SEC. I also like the town of Athens and their style of play. A tight end has led the team in receptions each of the past two seasons and for me that is great."
Allen doesn't have any other visits planned in the near future, but is considering attending the Shrine Bowl combine. He also has plans to head to Georgia's summer camp.
Allen earned all-conference as a junior after recording 25 receptions for 551 yards and one touchdown.