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Rivals250 commit to take visits

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Rivals250 tight end Dwayne Allen committed to Georgia way back in December. The 6-foot-4, 243-pounder out of Fayetteville (N.C.) Terry Sanford has since been on the verge of looking around at other schools. Now Allen has finally confirmed that he will do just that.
"Yes sir, I am going to take all of my officials," he stated. "I'm still looking around, it's too early for me to say where I'm going, but I do plan to make those trips.
"I've been receiving a lot of interest from schools recently including Miami, North Carolina, NC State, Florida, Florida State and Virginia. They have all offered me and I just want to look around because my commitment was so early. I want to be reassured that I made the right decision for myself."
The four-star prospect maintains he is still committed to Georgia despite the fact he'll visit elsewhere.
"I am committed and I guess I like Georgia because of the love I'm getting from the coaching staff," he said. "I've been in touch with Trinton Sturdivant on their team and he's a pretty big tie for me. He's become my friend since he's been there because we're both from North Carolina.
"I like the fact they are also putting together a good recruiting class. It should be one of the best in the nation."
At this time, no other schools are standing out. What is Allen looking for in a school?
"I want a great social life, a position coach I can play for, great academic support, a winning atmosphere and someplace I will win," he said. "Location is a plus, but it doesn't really matter."
The No. 8 tight end in the country noted a few position coaches that have stood out from North Carolina (Hagen), NC State (Bridge), Clemson (Napier) and Florida State (Lilly).
"I just like their personalities."
Earlier this week, Allen took in his first camp of the summer.
"I went to NC State and it was cool," he said. "I learned a lot of good stuff there. I got to compete against one of the top linebackers in the state, Terrell Manning. That was great and I had a lot of fun. It was all about working hard there.
"While I was at the camp I did talk to coach Bridge and O'Brien. They talked a lot and just wanted to make me feel at home. I can say that's definitely a possibility for me."
The only other camp Allen is considering this summer is to Florida next month.
As for an official decision, the No. 6 prospect in the Tar Heel State believes he knows when it'll happen.
"I won't know anything until February 6th, 2008 on Signing Day."
Recently Allen picked up an invitation to the ESPN all-star game that'll be played on January 5th.
"I got that about three weeks ago and it was real big," he said. "For me to get that type of recognition, it's a true honor."
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