FOND DU LAC (WLUK) -- If you know what you want, why wait longer to make a decision?
That was the thought process of Fond du Lac's Braelon Allen.
The safety has two more years of high school football and is regarded as a four-star recruit, so surely many more schools would start showing interest as he enters his final seasons of high school.
But when you know, you know.
Tuesday, Allen committed to Wisconsin, picking the Badgers over Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame and Iowa, which all offered him. He actually said Ohio State was his second choice, but the Buckeyes had yet to make an offer as they wanted him to visit.
"I felt like it was just the best fit for me after my meeting with coach (Jim) Leonhard about the defense and everything else had been checked off for a while," Allen said. "That's just kind of what I was waiting for, how I was going to be used in the defense and their plan for me. Everything's checked off on my list, it's in my home state.
"It's a great team, it's a great program. I have great relationships with all the coaches, so I didn't see any point in waiting."
Allen (6-1, 200) said the plan is for him to play safety and when the defense moves to nickel he would slide down and play linebacker. Wherever he plays, he's expected to be successful.
"His football talents speak for themselves," Fond du Lac coach Steven Jorgensen said. "He's just going to continue to get better the next two years here and then at Wisconsin. I'm just so happy for him because I know how hard he's worked.
"I know the God-given ability he's been given and he's maximized it and he's continues to do that every single day."
Allen puts a cap on his recruitment with his decision and said being nationally recruited was a great experience.
"It's amazing because it's something you dream about and you work for," he said. "It came pretty early for me. It's just pretty cool to be a highly-recruited guy.
"Not many kids get the opportunity, the opportunity to play Division I football at all, so to have the offers that I did and the interest I had was awesome."
As a junior, Allen has plenty left to accomplish before he plays on Saturdays at Camp Randall Stadium, and one of his goals he wants to reach is playing the final game of a high school season, which is also at Camp Randall Stadium.
Fond du Lac has a combined 21-3 record during Allen's first two seasons, but it lacks a trip to the state championship game.
"(I want to win) state championships, first and foremost, but to get there we have to make the playoffs and to make the playoffs we have to win games,"" Allen said.
Notice he said championships and not a championship. Having Braelon Allen is a good start in doing that.
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