When the Pitt offer came through for Breon Allen, it caught him off guard. It was a school he wanted to hear from. There was a little delay in receiving the offer, at first.
"I didn't know anything about (the offer), my coach called me over and told me something about it," Allen said. "I starting calling (linebackers) coach (Bernard) Clark two months ago. He told me they had offered me in June, I just never got the offers. It caught me by surprise."
The more he followed Pitt, and the more he saw the success they've had with their running backs, the more excited he got about the Pitt offer.
"I watched the running back they had last year," Allen said. "They're a big school, in a big conference. They're nationally-televised. I'm pretty sure, academic-wise, they're real good. It sounds like a nice place to play."
Allen was so excited about Pitt, he wanted to commit to the Panthers. However, after thinking it over, and talking some with Clark, he's going to hold off on making that commitment official, until he at least sets foot on campus.
"We talked about it yesterday," Allen said. "He said it would be good if I could come up in the next month, maybe come up after September 1. He wants me to make it official there. He said, ‘We're excited,' but he wants me to at least come to the school to make it official."
Allen said the target date is Pitt's home opener against New Hampshire on September 11.
Allen already has an impressive record. He rushed for 1,321 yards on 172 carries for 20 touchdowns as a junior. He also hauled in 23 passes for 200 yards and a touchdown. Defensively, he registered 97 tackles, nine interceptions and 10 pass breakups. He has also been an all-state selection since his sophomore year at running back. Last year, as a junior, was his first as an all-state selection at defensive back.