LSU hosted a number of big-time prospects last weekend, both commits and otherwise and the even has yielded it's first big-time commitment with today's announcement that four-star offensive tackle Willie Allen of John Curtis Christian School in River Ridge, La. has given his verbal.
He was rumored to be ready to make his call earlier in the week, but coordinated an announcement with the folks at John Curtis for this morning.
Allen is a top-100 prospect and a composite four-star that LSU and most of the recruiting powers in the region have been chasing for some time. An Under Armour All-American, Allen checks in as the No. 6 player in Louisiana and the No. 11 offensive tackle. He was one of the early big names in Louisiana for this class, but struggled a little bit in camps with pass protection -- no surprise coming out of the Curtis split-back veer system. But he excelled in the All-American game practices playing guard. It will be interesting to see where he winds up at the college level.
In Allen's junior highlights you see a big, tall mauling blocker that seems to be pretty well-proportioned. Allen is built like a tackle, so maybe he'll still wind up there, but he'll likely take some time and development. But with the Tigers' depth at offensive line, he'll have that luxury.
Allen joins guard Donavaughn Campbell and Jakori Savage in the 2016 offensive line class. LSU is still pushing for E.J. Price and a couple of other targets, with the possibility of taking one more blocker in this class if there's room.
National Signing Day is Wednesday, Feb. 3.