June 20, 2008

Allen leaves Madison with offer in hand

Beau Allen was a bit surprised when he was invited to Wisconsin head coach Bret Bielema's office and offered a full scholarship after the second day of Badger camp this past weekend.

However, the 2010 prospect from Minnetonka, Minn., should probably get accustom to the routine, as the 6-foot-3, 255-pound defensive end is quickly emerging as one of the top young prospects in the Midwest.

"I really didn't have any expectations, I just knew I needed to have a really good camp when I went down there," Allen told BadgerBlitz.com Thursday morning. "To tell you the truth, I guess I was kind of surprised when it happened, but it's a great opportunity for me. I'm very excited because I'm younger and I didn't think it would come this early.

"I had to head back after the second day of camp because my dad had a business meeting back in Minnesota, but before we left, I had a meeting with Coach Bielema up in his office and that's where it all happened."

Allen had a chance to work with a strong collection of 2009 in-state prospects during his two days in Madison with instruction coming from the UW coaching staff.

"The camp went really well, it was a lot of fun," he said. "There was a lot of good competition with a lot of good defensive linemen. Tyler Dippel, he was a good player. Zach Anderson and Jordan Kohout were both real tough.

"It was a great camp and I really like Coach (Charlie) Partridge and Coach (Bob) Bostad, both are really great coaches and it was great to get on the field with them."

A starter since his freshman season, Allen has quickly garnered major Division 1 attention and currently holds two full scholarships.

"A lot of schools are showing interest," Allen said. "I've talked to quite a few head coaches, but I plan on going to the Iowa camp, but I don't know what's going on now because of the flooding. Notre Dame, Boston College, Wyoming and Nebraska have all been in contact, but I've talked to a lot of coaches from other schools.

"I got offered from Minnesota last year before my sophomore season. I went to the Minnesota camp last year and they offered me after that."

A versatile athlete, Allen has the ability to play multiple spots on the defensive line.

"Yeah, I think a lot of schools are recruiting me at both end and a tackle at this point," he said. "In high school we run a 3-4 defense and I've played nose guard the past two years. I think I'm fast enough and agile enough to play end, but I really like nose guard because it's a lot more physical and that's what I'm in to.

"Actually, I'm also going to play some fullback this year, so that should be pretty fun."

With a solid track record in the state of Minnesota, Bostad, Wisconsin first-year offensive line coach, is serving as Allen's recruiting contact, though the junior-to-be has no timetable for his college decision.

"I think it's too early. I told Coach Bielema and Coach Bostad, along with Coach (Tim) Brewster that I really want to focus on my high school career first because I have two more years left and want to help my high school team the best I can," he said. "Maybe around my senior year, but I don't want to put a definite deadline on it."

Allen's offer is believed to the first extended by UW to the 2010 class.

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