For many recruits the decision on a college choice sometimes comes down to whether he wants to stay close to home.
For Lake Orion (Mich.) Community receiver Ryan Allison (6-3, 210), it could be a matter of choosing between which home.
Having grown up in Michigan, Allison’s family is now moving to Marina Del Rey at the end of the year, and the relocation could make it easier for him to leave Michigan and attend school in Los Angeles.
Michigan State and UCLA are two of his top three (along with Florida), and with offers from both (the Gators haven’t extended an offer), Allison could choose from between his present home and the future home of his family.
“The location doesn’t really make a difference for me. My parents are leaving it to me. I’ll ask them if they want me to go to Michigan State or UCLA, and they’ll say it’s my decision, to go wherever I feel best. But both the schools are good options for me,” said Allison, whose older brother Roger is a signee with Michigan.
Allison has 15 offers altogether, with Wisconsin, Georgia Tech and Colorado some of the other notable offers.
He is being recruited to UCLA by assistant coach Jon Embree, who flew out during an evaluation period to see Allison.
Allison said, “Coach Embree is a real good guy. I like Coach Dorrell a lot too. They both have a good hold on what’s going on at UCLA, and they are good coaches.”
Allison is also a gifted track star, and plans to do track in college, if permitted. “I could possibly do indoor track, but I will do outdoor track. I run the hurdles now.”
Allison attended the Nike Camp at Ohio State, and felt he turned in a strong performance there. He clocked a 4.28 forty, jumped 36 inches, and benched 185 19 times. “I thought I did real well. The one-on-one drills were pretty good for me. I went up against a lot of big name guys I knew, and I did real well against them.”
Other than the Nike Camp, Allison stayed away from team camps, instead doing passing leagues with his high school team. Lake Orion starts its fall practice this weekend.
When it comes to his decision, Allison has no set time. “It could happen tomorrow, it could be the end of the year. I’ll make the decision when I am comfortable with it.”
As a junior, Allison had 27 catches for 625 yards and 4 touchdowns.
He has a 3.6 GPA and scored a 23 on his SAT.