Initially reported by Scout.com's Inna Lazarev, Allen gave his verbal commitment to Oregon on Friday.
“I just think it’s the best opportunity for me,” Allen said. “It just worked out.”
A dual-sport athlete with Arizona state records in the 110 and 300m hurdles, Allen only held a track scholarship from Oregon after visiting in early December. Having had UCLA as a reported frontrunner for a while, Allen said that it all changed when the Ducks finally offered him for both sports a couple of days ago.
“They said they’ll probably use me as a deep threat,” Allen said. “They need some speed on the outside. They have De’Anthony Thomas, but obviously they needed some more guys.”
Allen becomes the first player to give his verbal commitment to the Ducks under new head coach Mark Helfrich. This is also the first Ducks prospect to give a verbal commitment since Dec. 22 when Danny Mattingly gave his to the program. The news resulted in jubilation for both Allen’s family and the staffs of both teams.
“I talked to Coach Frost and to Coach Helfrich,” Allen said. “I talked to both of them and they were real excited. I’m just happy to have the opportunity and I’ll be ready to play.
“My dad is really excited. All of my friends and family are real excited too. I talked to the track coaches and they said they were jumping up and down.”
Allen's commitment comes on the same day Oregon reportedly hired former Duke coach Matt Lubick as their wide receivers coach, replacing Scott Frost who is expected to be promoted to offensive coordinator in the wake of the Helfrich hiring. He said that he’s excited to work with Lubick, having met him while he coached at Duke.
Allen will use the upcoming track season to train for camp at Oregon. He said that he hopes to get faster and add some more weight so that he can make an impact in both sports in his first year.
“I definitely want to play and do well and to have a good track season” Allen said. “We’ll see what happens in that first year.”
Allen joins Darren Carrington as the other wide receiver verbally committed to Oregon in this recruiting class. Excited to be a part of this smaller, yet talented group of players, he’s already set some lofty goals for his career in green and yellow.
“They’re going to have a good track team no matter what,” Allen said. “Football is in the BCS, it’s going to be in the top four every year. I’m pretty excited for both and maybe we can get a national championship in both.”