Instead of having a longer recruitment Rivals250 offensive linemen Pat Allen decided to accelerate his timeline. On Monday night the Reisterstown (Md.) Franklin stand out committed to Georgia.
"It was just comfortable and it felt right," said the 6-foot-4, 285-pound Allen. "It felt right for me and it has everything that I needed and wanted in a school. I visited in June.
"At the camp down there it was a challenge for me," he said. "There was no special treatment for me and they were testing me to see if I could be a Dawg."
Allen has a strong connection with the coaching staff in Athens.
"Coach Ball and coach Friend are my main guys down there," Allen said. "The conversations are basically about random stuff like how our days are going and it seems like they are really interested in me. They're encouraging me to get better at all times regardless of whether I'm going to a different school or not. I can talk to them about anything."
While Allen has committed to Georgia he wants to make sure that he is making the right choice.
"I want to take my officials to make sure Georgia is the right school but at the same time I don't want it to be something where schools don't want me to come anymore," he said. "I've had legitimate interest in my top five, every single one of them and I want to see which ones actually wanted me during my recruitment.
"I've already set up my officials to my top five and with me committing now I'll actually find out which ones are actually in it for me," said Allen. "On September 13 I'll be at Oklahoma for their game against Tennessee. On September 27 I'll be at Michigan against Minnesota. On October 4 I'm going to Tennessee against Florida. On October 11 I'll be at Arkansas against Alabama. The last school that I am visiting is Georgia for their game against Auburn on November 15."
How easy will it be for one of these schools to flip Allen? Not very, he says.
"It's going to take a lot because I've seen a lot at Georgia," he said. "I want to see which schools are really honestly looking for me to join their program and improve. I want to be in a program where nothing is promised and one where I can come in and work for everything I get."
Allen will either solidify his commitment or choose another school at a post-season all-star game.
Adam Friedman is a Mid-Atlantic Region football recruiting analyst for Rivals.com. You can click here to follow him on Twitter.
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