Dionte Allen (6-0, 170 pounds) grew up during the era that Florida State dominated college football, which makes it easy to understand why it is his dream school. Still, Allen has to make hard decisions about his future and he realizes that those decisions must be based on more than which school he cheered for as a young football fan. Recently Dinote took a trip to Tallahassee to see what the school had to offer.
"I just wanted to see how the campus was," Allen said about his trip to Florida State. "[I went with] my father, my little brother and my teammate Taurian Washington. My dad liked it a lot. He said it's a good situation to compete, but that I'd have to anywhere.
"I got a chance to meet coach Bowden. He was really nice. Myron Rolle, and Lorenzo Booker showed me around. I was able to talk to Ernie Simms. It was really just getting down there and seeing the place. It's a pretty nice town…really nice town."
"I think the competition out there is a big thing," Allen replied when asked what stood out to him. "I was able to watch their conditioning and all that. It was exciting. They were just competing out there. I felt comfortable hanging out. I felt comfortable with the players.
Dinote has narrowed his choices down to Michigan, Florida State, Ohio State and Notre Dame in no particular order. He probably won't take any additional visits until he can make some official visits during his season.
"I'm not sure yet, I probably will," Allen said of his plans to take official visits. "I think I'll have to get down for a couple of games. I think I'll get down to a Notre Dame game and an Ohio State game."
Although Allen may visit the Irish, Notre Dame has probably has a little work to do if they plan to sign Dionte.
"I talked to coach Haywood the other day," Allen said. "I talk to him about once a week. He's a pretty nice guy. He's a focused coach. We really don't talk about football, we talk about different things."
One thing Allen keeps his eye on the players the school has signed recently as well as the players that will be in his recruiting class.
"It's important to see who is coming in the recruiting class and who is already there," Allen commented. "You want to know who you're going to be playing football with. That's very important.
As a junior cornerback, Allen recorded 51 tackles and five interceptions. On offense, he caught 17 receptions for 299 yards and two touchdowns.