Five-star post player Jarrett Allen appeared on ESPNU’s Recruiting Nation program Thursday night and provided an update on the state of his college recruitment.
The 6-foot-10 power forward from Austin, Texas has already taken official visits to UK, Kansas, Houston and Notre Dame. He’s also strongly considering hometown Texas, a program that has hosted him for multiple unofficial visits, and North Carolina is another school on his list.
Allen said immediate playing time, a “home feel,” and the coaching staff’s track record for developing post players would be factors in his decision, and he added that location won’t be an issue.
“I’m not a person to get homesick, so distance won’t really matter to me,” Allen said.
He acknowledged that there are three schools he’s looking at the hardest, though he did not specify which schools those are.
ESPN recruiting analyst Paul Biancardi said he thinks the Longhorns are in a good spot.
“You had (offers from) Kentucky, Kansas and North Carolina early, and he didn’t pick any of those schools,” Biancardi said. “In my mind, (he’s) giving Texas — and new coach Shaka Smart — a really good look. And the longer this process goes on, I think Texas has the advantage.
“I think Houston is a darkhorse in all this, too. Winning this year with Kelvin Sampson. He put them on the list, he made a visit. He’s serious about Houston.”
Allen, who offered no timetable for his college announcement, is one of only two uncommitted high school seniors with a scholarship offer from Kentucky. Fellow Texas post player Marques Bolden is the other, and UK and Duke are considered the favorites in his recruitment.
Kentucky has already signed five-star post players Edrice “Bam” Adebayo and Sacha Killeya-Jones for next season, along with 6-10 wing player Wenyen Gabriel, one of the top 10 prospects in the class.
Allen is the No. 22 overall prospect in the class of 2016, according to the 247Sports composite rankings. He will play in the McDonald’s All-American Game in Chicago on March 30.