Sorry, Nebraska and Michigan fans. Nixa senior tight end Chase Allen made his commitment to Iowa State official on National Signing Day.
The senior announced his verbal commitment to Iowa State on Friday and signed with the Cyclones on Wednesday at a signing ceremony at Nixa High School. Allen said that his five days of commitment made him more focused on playing college football at Ames.
“I’ve just grown more excited about the whole opportunity and more confident with the impact that I can make up there,” Allen said.
While some may question Allen’s decision to pass up the traditional powers of Nebraska and Michigan for Iowa State, a team that went 3-9 a season ago, Allen reports he received a great deal of support after he announced his commitment.
“A lot of people have a lot of respect for me now for choosing truly the best fit for me, and I’m glad that they’ve shown that,” Allen said.
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.
Terry Allen left Kansas in 2002 to become an associate head coach at Iowa State, where he coached the Cyclones’ special teams for four seasons.
The Cyclones went to three bowl games with Allen coaching special teams.
Academics played a big part in Chase Allen’s college football decision. He plans to major in mechanical engineering.
Iowa State’s 3-9 performance led to the ouster of coach Paul Rhoads and the hiring of Matt Campbell from Toledo.
Chase Allen said he will move to Ames, Iowa in June and begin training with Campbell’s inaugural Cyclone recruits while he takes summer classes.
“We’ll hit it hard this summer with the new staff and see some exciting stuff coming up soon with the program,” Allen said.
As a senior, 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.