Allen Felt The Love From UNC

Allen Felt The Love From UNC

North Carolina continued its hot streak on the recruiting trail on Monday. Josh Allen became the seventh prospect to verbally commit to the Tar Heels in the past two weeks.

"I committed to North Carolina today," Allen said. "It was all the little things -- the people, the coaches."

UNC emerged as Allen's leader following the 6-foot-3, 300-pound offensive guard's attendance at the Tar Heels' March junior day, which was held in conjunction with the UNC-Duke basketball game.

"North Carolina felt like home," Allen said. "It's a great place, a great school, great coaches, great players. I'd like to spend the next four years of my life at North Carolina."

Since that visit, Allen has been hearing about UNC from several different angles, including the UNC coaches, former Jacksonville (Fla.) University teammate Marquis Haynes, UNC pledge Caleb Henderson, and current Tar Heel Kendrick Singleton.

"I felt the love, to tell you the truth," Allen said. "Just for people to go out of there way and say 'Hey, we want you here, you're a great player, and would love for you to be a part of this team.'"

UNC coaches Dan Disch and Chris Kapilovic teamed up to recruit Allen.

"Those guys really supported me and built a relationship with me," Allen said. "Coach Disch is a really, really funny guy -- I love that guy. The same thing with Coach Kap -- he's a great coach and a great person.

"The fact that two coaches were recruiting me showed that they really wanted me there and really cared. That just meant a lot."

Allen, who held offers from such schools as Florida State, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Louisville, and Missouri, is rated the No. 15 offensive guard in the nation by Scout.com.

Allen planned to visit UNC one more time – and eyed Fedora's Freak Show – as well as a few other schools like Florida State, Georgia, and Kentucky before actually committing. But, he nixed those plans.

"I talked to my mom and my coaches and some of my family friends and just went ahead and made my decision," Allen said. "They said it's a great decision and they're going to support me."

Allen plans to visit UNC the weekend of July 19. He will be accompanied by members of his family and the University Christian coaching staff.

"Most likely, I'm going to visit North Carolina and I'll be done," Allen said.

Ayden Bonilla got the ball rolling for UNC when he verbally committed two weeks ago. He was proceeded by Tyler Powell later that day and then Cameron Albright and Allen Artis the following Saturday. Jeremiah Clarke committed the next day and then Avery Edwards committed during a campus visit last Tuesday. After a brief break, Malik Carney pledged Saturday afternoon.

"I can't wait to get to know all the recruits that have committed to North Carolina," Allen said. "They made a great decision like me."

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