Franklin offensive lineman Patrick Allen committed to Georgia on national signing day. (Baltimore Sun)
Even though Franklin offensive lineman Pat Allen decommitted from Georgia a month ago, he still wanted to play there. He just needed to make sure he would get along with the Bulldogs' new offensive line coach.
Wednesday he was sure enough to sign his national letter of intent with the Bulldogs during a national signing day ceremony at Franklin along with five other players, including twins Jacquez and Jordan Adams, who are headed to West Virginia.
Allen, a 6-foot-5, 285-pound All-Metro offensive tackle, helped the Indians to two straight state titles and was named the All-State Offensive Player of the Year last fall. He played in the Semper Fi All-American Bowl after helping clear the way for the Indians to run for 3,539 yards.
Over the past month, Allen also reconsidered Tennessee and Oklahoma, but once assured he could get long with the new Bulldogs coach, he went back to his original plan.
"When I decommitted it wasn't because of the school, it was because coach [Will] Friend had left and I didn't want to be coached by somebody I didn't know," Allen said. "I just took my time and I was being fair. I let Georgia get a new offensive coordinator and a new offensive line coach. All together I got to know them and I took it from there."
Allen made his official visit to Georgia on Nov. 15 and he was sold immediately.
"The one thing that I liked the most is just how I felt," Allen said. "When I was committed and decommitted, the feeling for Georgia didn't change, it was just getting to know the new coaches. When I looked at it, I was more comfortable at Georgia."
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While Allen wavered on his early committment, Jacquez and Jordan Adams never did. They committed to West Virginia last February and have been Mountaineers ever since.
"No second thoughts," they said in unison after Wednesday's signing cermony.
"It's the best fit for us," added Jordan Adams. "West Virginia is loaded with Baltimore players. We have a chance possibly to make big things happen there and I'm just going to be the best student athlete I can be there and I'm just happy I can be with my little brother."
Jacquez, the Indians quarterback, threw for 1,539 yards and 16 touchdowns, including three in the state championship game, last season. He said he hopes to be a quarterback at West Virginia but would definitely play on the offensive side of the ball.
Jordan, a cornerback who had three interceptions and 42 tackles, said he will be a defensive back.
The Indians had six players sign Monday with defensive back Juantez McRae headed to Kent State, offensive lineman Evan Ostrow to Shepherd and defensive lineman Julius Fakhoury headed to Charleston, W.Va.