COLUMBUS â€” The world of college football recruiting can create ego monsters. Dayton Dunbars’ Jonathan Allen saw himself turning into that in the last few months and realized he needed to put an end to it.
â€œYouâ€™ve got to work harder to get where you want to be,” Allen told reporters after Friday’s one-day camp at Ohio State.”Lately Iâ€™ve been kind of lacking, slacking around. I need to get back to working out, get stronger, faster.â€
There’s not a lot of room to get bigger, if we’re being honest. Allen is a massive kid, standing in at 6-foot-5 and 309 pounds. The getting stronger and faster, though, can be improved — and he had help trying to do just that from Ohio State offensive line coach Greg Studrawa on Friday.
â€œHe just kept telling to work my hands, work my feet and move faster, move quicker,” Allen, who holds an offer from the Buckeyes, said. “The way they were pushing us today, I would love that intensity, to be in practice with them everyday.â€
There’s no rush for a decision though, according to Ohio’s No. 17 prospect in the Class of 2019.
â€œOh, they definitely try and push the offer,” he said. “I just donâ€™t want to rush it.”
Cincinnati, Kentucky, Missouri, Penn State, Indiana and “a couple others” are still in the mix for Allen â€“ along with Ohio State â€“ but he said that Friday’s experience helped him understand how the Buckeyes would coach him if he were to choose them when he makes a college decision. That’s likely to come in mid-August.
â€œIt really didnâ€™t help things,” he said.”But it gave me a better perspective on the coaches, and how theyâ€™re going to work us out there. If coaches can bring me this? Itâ€™d be hard to not choose Ohio State. It puts them at the top of my list right now.â€
Allen will return to Ohio State on June 22 for another workout with the Buckeyes.