Scouts: IU needs Allen now

Indiana lands its first four-star commitment with in-state pledge Antonio Allen (Indianapolis/Ben Davis), an aggressive ball hawk with great toughness. This is a big, good-looking safety prospect who passed up some more prominent schools to play for the in-state Hoosiers.

In Allen, Indiana is getting a safety with very good size, range and physicality needed to excel in zone schemes and support both the run and pass effectively. He might be more ready to contribute in the box versus the run and need some time to develop his coverage skills, particularly man-to-man, but this is a big-time closer and hitter.

Allen should have the physicality and athleticism needed to contribute for the Hoosiers the moment he arrives on campus. A statement making, class building commitment, Indiana has to do its best now to retain him.