LINCOLN, Neb. — Austin Allen was just happy he wouldn’t be alone anymore.
“It was kind of lonely,” said Allen, a 3-star tight end from Aurora, Neb., on being the only in-state commit in Nebraska’s 2017 recruiting class for so long.
But last week Allen, the No. 1 player in the state of Nebraska, got his wish when Nebraska offered Bellevue West High School running back Jaylin Bradley. Nebraska had been waiting on Bradley’s grades, and Bradley had been waiting on Nebraska’s offer. Nebraska signed off on the academics and extended an offer to Bradley, who committed just hours later.
“When he committed I texted him right then,” Allen told Land of 10 this week. “We had a good conversation. It was cool. I knew he’d get it eventually so it’s cool we’ll be together.”
Allen said this week he’s pretty much done with his recruitment. The tight end and lifelong Nebraska fan committed to the Huskers in April of last year. He said that besides schools sending him mail and following him on Twitter, his recruitment is over.
“I’m pretty much solid,” Allen said. “There are schools that I guess you could say are still trying to talk to me but I’m pretty much set.”
Allen said he talks to other commits on a daily basis and is in contact with Nebraska graduate assistant Tavita Thompson a lot, too.
The commits have a group chat, Allen said, so it’s hard to not talk to the guys every day.
In terms of incoming commits, Allen said he doesn’t pay too much attention to who in coming beyond just talking in the group chat.
“I’m curious and some I thought were going to be commits, the way they were talking and what not, but I don’t follow that stuff,” Allen said.
Allen wanted to enroll early like five of his other fellow commits. Four-star quarterback Tristan Gebbia, 3-star wide receiver Keyshawn Johnson Jr., 3-star offensive tackle Broc Bando, 4-star wide receiver Jaevon McQuitty and 4-star linebacker Avery Roberts are already on campus and taking classes.
But the main argument against enrolling early for Allen? Aurora High School sports.
“Sports at Aurora are a big part of my life so I didn’t want to miss out on that,” Allen said.
The 6-foot-8, 210-pound Allen plays center for the 10-0 Aurora basketball team.
“If I didn’t love the game of basketball so much I’d definitely be at Nebraska right now,” Allen said.
Regardless, come the end of the basketball season and the end of the school year, Allen is ready to head to Lincoln.
He wasn’t able to watch as many Husker games as he wanted to this season, but is encouraged with where the program is going and is ready to be part of it.
“I think what coach (Mike) Riley has got them doing is really positive,” Allen said. “He’s really grown the program and the stuff we’re going to do in the future, it’s looking very positive. But there’s obviously stuff we still need to work on.”