June 23, 2010

Allen has UConn offer

Until recently Taariq Allen was a relative unknown as a football prospect but all of that has changed quite a bit in the past week alone. A couple of strong performances at camps have led to a couple more offers, and UConn is one of the schools that is now heavily involved.

The 6-foot-2, 179-pound wide receiver from Weston (Mass.) Rivers School is ranked as the No. 5 prospect in Massachusetts and going into last week he held offers from Tulane and Wisconsin.

Last week he made the long trek out to Nebraska and the coaching staff at the Big Ten's newest member was thoroughly impressed with his athleticism and potential.

"Nebraska's definitely my top (school)," Allen admitted. "That would be my number one school right now. I came back from Nebraska on Sunday and I talked to them on Tuesday, I want to say. I called coach (Bo) Pelini and he told me the news. He said I had an offer from Nebraska.

"It was cool out there. Everything's great. The football is good and the football staff takes you as you come."

How does any of that impact the Huskies? For starters, UConn is just behind the Cornhuskers on Allen's list. The talented receiver prospect camped at UConn just after camping at Nebraska and he thinks highly of the Huskies as well.

"UConn would be my number two," he continued. "I got the offer from them (Saturday). It went real good there. We had individual series and I learned some stuff doing that, then we did one on ones so we could show our talent. I played well out there.

"Coach (Randy Edsall) couldn't tell me (about the offer) right then and there so he told me to call him after the camp. He told me they talked as a staff and said I had a full scholarship for UConn.

"I liked everything out there. I went there for a junior day before and saw the campus. I like the coaching staff and everybody's friendly and pretty laid back. Everything's black and white with them. They aren't gonna B.S. you. They're one of the top (schools) because of location. I'm big on family and I could be close to my family. They're in my top two because of that."

Allen said he was supposed to camp at Boston College this week but he suffered a minor injury at UConn's camp and that will be keeping him out of action.

"I told coach Devine I won't be able to go," he said. "It was just a minor thing ... I got a deep bruise from the one on ones. Those were my only two camps for the summer. From now on it's just straight workouts. I want to make my decision by the end of the summer."

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