Ben Davis defensive back Antonio Allen, a four-star recruit according to Rivals.com who recently rescinded his commitment from Mississippi, committed to Indiana on Wednesday night, becoming the seventh member of Indiana’s Class of 2013 and the highest rated.
Ben Davis coach Mike Kirschner said the biggest reason Allen felt comfortable at Indiana was its proximity to home.
“It all had to do with how close it was to home,” Kirschner said. “He loved Ole Miss, but the more he talked about how far away it was from his mom and dad and all of his brothers and sisters, it was just eating him up, and he wanted to go somewhere closer to home. Indiana was the best fit because of that.”
Plus, Allen said he wanted to be part of a team that would end the historic misfortune of Indiana football.
“As an Indiana kid, it would mean a lot if we could turn this place around,” Allen said. “If we start winning games in a couple of years and get it going, people are going to look back at this and say, ‘Yeah, Antonio Allen was on that team.’”
In Allen, the Hoosiers get a speedy, hard-hitting safety who recorded over 70 tackles, two interceptions and six forced fumbles at Ben Davis last season. The 5-foot-11, 194-pounder can run the 40 in 4.5 seconds (electronically timed, Kirschner said) squad 450 pounds, bench 320 and clean 300.
“This is my 29th year coaching,” Kirschner said. “I don’t know if I’ve ever coached anyone who hits harder than he does.”