July 4, 2010

Massachusetts receiver talks recruiting

Weston (Mass.) Rivers School wide receiver Taariq Allen is still sitting on four scholarship offers and he has been keeping in regular contact with at least a couple of the schools on that list.

For now it seems as though UConn and BC are the two schools that are most heavily pursuing Allen, a 6-foot-2, 179-pound prospect from Massachusetts, who is currently ranked the No. 5 prospect in his state.

With so many other top prospects going off the board over the summer Allen is sure to draw even more attention as the weeks and months go by, so the work that coaches are doing to build relationships could prove decisive whenever he wants to make his decision.

Initially Allen was thinking about making a decision in the near future, but he might end up pushing that timetable back a little bit.

"I've kind of had a change of heart with that," he said referring to when he would like to make his decision. "I think my family wants me to wait it out and take my official visits, but I still want to commit by the end of the summer. I don't really know yet."

Allen holds offers from UConn, Nebraska, Tulane and Wisconsin. He said all four schools are "pretty even" for the time being. Allen has visited UConn, Boston College and Nebraska, but he has not yet visited Tulane or Wisconsin. When asked whether he would like to visit both of those schools he replied in the affirmative.

"Lately I've just been e-mailing back and forth with a couple of coaches," he said. "Mostly with UConn and BC. I wasn't able to go to their (BC) camp. They were trying to get me to go to their one-day camp to see me but I couldn't make it.

"They want to see me perform in front of them. They're going to put something together for me so they can see me.

"With UConn, I have pretty much a good relationship with everybody. I'm probably just gonna be chilling during the summer. I don't know what I'm gonna do from there."

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