Mark Dantonio & Jim Bollman Add a New Toy and Star to the Michigan State OL in 2014 Commit Brian Allen
Michigan State is about to have another Allen anchoring its offensive line. Younger brother of starting MSU center Jack Allen, 2014 Spartan commit Brian Allan out of Hinsdale Central High School in Illinois is ready follow in his brother’s footsteps and join the beasts on the Michigan State offensive line.
In an interview with Spartan Nation Radio, Allen told listeners that he is excited get to work developing the skills and strength needed to be thrive in a league as physical as the Big Ten. As a high school offensive lineman making the transition to college football, “I’m like an 18 year old little fat kid playing with 22, 23 year old men, so I need to mature and keep getting stronger and get ready for the physical part.”
A tireless worker and self-motivated competitor, Allen philosophy is as a player is quite simple. “You’re never staying the same; you’re either getting better or getting worse.” This never satisfied kind of mentality has made him one of the top high school football recruits in the nation and will help him tremendously as he begins his career at MSU.
Before becoming a Spartan, however, Allen has some unfinished business to complete in high school. Allen is a defending State Champion wrestler in Illinois who has lost just 1 match in the last 2 years. He is currently the favorite to defend his state title at the State Finals this year taking place on February 22nd.
Once finished with wrestling, Allen told Spartan Nation Radio that his focus will shift to “lifting weights and getting into shape for summer camp.” Currently in “wrestling shape”, Allen weighs in at about 275 pounds but plans on bulking up once the season is over to get back into football form.
Allen, a participant in the U.S. Army High School All-American Game, is well aware that despite his success in high school, his collegiate success will be dependent on his continued hard work and preparation. “I already know that I haven’t earned anything yet and I don’t expect to be given anything”
An extremely humble young man, Allen credits his parents for instilling in him a resilient attitude in the face of adversity and doubters. Their message was simple, “don’t let anyone tell you can’t do it.” Told by coaches growing up that he and his brother were destined to play in the MAC due to being undersized, the Allen brothers took their parents words to heart and “proved everyone wrong.” The brothers learned to block out the doubt and focus on what could be controlled. “They can say all they want but after that were going to try and hit you” continuing, “don’t let anyone tell you can’t do something”
We here at Spartan Nation wish Brian Allen best of luck in the upcoming Illinois State Wrestling finals and are excited to watch what will surely be an outstanding standing football career at MSU. His blend of talent, hard work, and humility will be a great benefit to the Spartan Football program in the years to come.