TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Alabama played its biggest game of the year on Saturday in the SEC championship. The 32-28 victory over Georgia sent the Crimson Tide to the BCS title game, where they will face Notre Dame.
It was a game that most Alabama fans and commitments wouldn’t want to miss, but for ESPN 100 defensive end Jonathan Allen (Ashburn, Va./Stone Bridge), he had no choice. He had a game of his own to play -- in the state semifinals.
“Actually, I didn’t get a chance to watch it, because my game was at 4 p.m. Saturday,” Allen said. “By the time I got on the bus, it was like the fourth quarter, so I was watching it live from my phone. It was a close game. I was really nervous, but I’m glad we got to pull it out.”
Allen watched the highlights when he returned home that night.
“It was crazy,” he said. “We made a couple mistakes with the blocked field goal that they returned for a touchdown. They made some great plays, but I think our will and our desire really showed at the end on that big goal-line stand. It was just a great effort on everybody’s part.”
As for Allen’s game, Stone Bridge High School pulled out a narrow 28-21 victory over Hanover to advance to the state championship. Allen played on a bum ankle but still finished with five tackles, a sack, a forced fumble and a pass breakup.
The Bulldogs, who are undefeated on the season, will play Lake Charles in the Virginia Division 5 state title game this Saturday.
“I’m definitely excited,” Allen said. “Going into this game, both of us are undefeated, so it’s a very anticipated game. This is my chance at a state championship at the high school level. I’m trying to make the most of my opportunities.”
On Wednesday, UA assistant coach Lance Thompson is expected to come by Stone Bridge High School and make an in-home visit with Allen. The two plan to discuss his future position with the Tide and when he will take his official visit to Tuscaloosa.
Once the high school season is over, Allen wants to start developing relationships with the other recruits in Alabama’s 2013 class. His official visit will give him a chance to do just that.
“I know a few of them, but I haven’t had the chance to really talk to them like I want to because of my season and stuff,” Allen said. “My full dedication belongs to my team right now, because we’re still in season, but afterwards, I definitely plan on building relationships with current Alabama 2013 commitments.”