Several factors are important for Demetrious Allen when selecting a college and its football program. One item stands out among the rest, however.
"It’s all about the relationship," the Leo (IN) High defensive end told HN.
Allen has begun building one with Iowa. The Hawkeyes offered him a scholarship on Friday.
"I’ve been hearing from coach (Kelvin) Bell and coach (Tyler) Barnes the most. Coach Bell and I have just started developing our relationship further. He thinks that with my length and potential I can become something special at Iowa," Allen said.
"I think Coach Bell is a great person. I’m currently getting to know more about him."
Allen also reports scholarship offers from Power 5 schools Iowa State, Rutgers and Vanderbilt as well as many of the MAC schools and Ivy League programs like Harvard and Princeton.
"The schools that stand out to me are the ones that have the best relationship with me. Once I see the academics and the culture, that will help me decide as well," he said.
Allen is scheduled for a virtual meeting with the Hawkeye staff this coming week.
"I know Iowa likes to have their defense very powerful and well rounded. I’m getting on a zoom later this week to learn more about them," he said.
"They want a drive-stopping defense, and I believe that I can bring length, great football knowledge and physicality to the table."
The virtual meeting will be an important step.
"I want to find out anything that I can. The more I know the better. Coach Bell and I are talking about visiting. We’ll see what we can work out this week about visiting the university once the dead period hopefully lifts," Allen said.
A dead period that began last March as a result of the pandemic is scheduled to end on May 31.
"I’d like to decide around the fall season. I’d like to study Sports Medicine," Allen said.
247Sports rank Allen (6-7, 225) as a three-star recruit. The service sees him as the No. 12 player in Indiana regardless of position and the No. 44 strong-side defensive end nationally in the cycle. He still is waiting on a ranking from Rivals.