The trip Devon Allen (Phoenix, Ariz./Brophy) made to Columbus in July must have been outstanding because Ohio State has made the cut, as the three-star wide receiver has trimmed his list to 11.
Arizona State, Arkansas, Michigan, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Stanford, Texas, UCLA and Washington have made it as well.
Allen has shored up official visits to Arkansas (Sept. 15) for the Razorbacks’ game with Alabama and is planning to go to Texas for the Oct. 6 game against West Virginia. Tonight, Allen will take an unofficial visit to Arizona State for its opener against Northern Arizona.
He’s also working on an official visit to Notre Dame.
“I had a blast at Ohio State when they had that little Friday Night Lights camp,” Allen said. “There were probably 5,000 to 10,000 fans in the stands just watching us do one-on-ones. That was pretty cool.”
The other thing in Ohio State’s favor is the fact the Buckeyes’ track program has been in contact with him as well.
The 6-foot, 187-pound Allen won the Arizona state title in the 110- and 300-meter hurdles to earn him the Gatorade Boys Track Athlete of the Year honor as a junior.
One more factor might come into play, as Allen’s father, Lou, went to Columbus Central High School before heading to Ohio State, where he played on the Buckeyes' baseball team.
“My dad went there, so obviously that’s a big plus for them,” Allen said. “My family is out there. I’d actually never been there until this summer, and I had a blast.
“There’s a lot to do and it’s a good college town. The facilities are state-of-the-art and they have a new turf field and everything -- the weight room, the coaches, Coach [Urban] Meyer.”
As a junior, Allen made 44 catches for 844 yards and added 14 touchdowns.
Allen is hoping to narrow down his list and reach a decision after completing his visit schedule.