Update: Nixa High School announced Chase Allen will be having a press conference at 2:45 p.m. today to make his announcement. We will be live streaming the decision here on News-Leader.com.
Before the press conference was announced, Allen told the News-Leader Thursday afternoon that he plans to tweet his decision Friday after he finishes classes. Nixa High School dismisses students at 2:30 p.m. Fans of Iowa State, Michigan and Nebraska will be impatiently waiting. They are the finalists amongst the 19 schools that offered him scholarships, according to Rivals.com.
I will be announcing my decision on Friday between Michigan, Iowa State, and Nebraska.—
Chase Allen (@Dr_ChaseAllen) January 28, 2016
Allen’s twitter feed (@Dr_ChaseAllen) is a virtual museum of his journey through the football recruiting process, so it’s fitting the 6-foot-7 tight end will end his recruitment there. Signing Day is officially Feb. 3.
The No. 23 nationally rated tight end tweeted photos from his official visits to Nebraska, Michigan, Iowa State and Minnesota, which he has since eliminated from contention. The feed also shows recruiters visiting Allen at his Nixa home.
After he tweets his decision, Allen will play a basketball game for the Eagles in the Nixa Invitational Tournament.
“I will be so relieved whenever signing day comes and I can stop all of this recruiting stuff and just focus on basketball,” Allen said.
As part of his official visits, Allen tried on a jersey in the locker room at Michigan, hit golf balls at Nebraska and attended a basketball game at Iowa State.
Chase Allen (@Dr_ChaseAllen) January 16, 2016
Allen’s father, former Missouri State football coach Terry Allen, has had a significant role in Chase’s recruitment that led to 19 scholarship offers from NCAA Division I football programs. Chase said his dad also helped him avoid any potential pitfalls of being a highly sought recruit.
2016 TE/WR Chase Allen 2015 season highlight remix
Chase Allen (@Dr_ChaseAllen) January 24, 2016
As a senior, Chase Allen played tight end and middle linebacker for Richard Rehagen’s Eagles. He caught 33 passes for 654 yards and scored seven touchdowns. He also logged 92 tackles, 11 tackles for loss and three sacks, good enough for all-state status and the top spot on Nixa’s tackling chart.
So where will Allen play college football?
Here are the pros and cons of each school:
– Michigan: The Wolverines went 10-3 and thrashed Florida 41-7 in the Citrus Bowl. Michigan finished the season ranked No. 11 in the nation in the AP poll. Allen would play for the widely popular Jim Harbaugh in a pro style offense that frequently involves tight ends in the passing game. He would also have the experience of playing in front of more than 107,000 people at Michigan Stadium.
– Nebraska: The first year of the Mike Riley coaching era ended with the Cornhuskers sporting a 6-7 record. Allen would have a chance to play in front of sellout crowds of knowledgeable, tradition-rich Nebraska fans. Like Harbaugh at Michigan, Riley tries to keep the tight end a key component of the offense. Nebraska made the most of its bowl eligibility by beating UCLA in the Foster Farms Bowl.
– Iowa State: The Cyclones would offer Allen a chance to return to a school where his father was once an assistant coach. Iowa State is rebuilding after a 3-9 campaign last season. The rebuilding project in Ames includes the hiring of a new head coach in Matt Campbell and a new offensive coordinator in Tom Manning. Campbell is said to prefer a run-first offensive philosophy.