August 19, 2008

Allen Seeks Advice of MLB Star Berkman

It's not every day that a player nearing a decision gets to have advice from an All-Star baseball player. Then again not every player has a hunting ranch that plays host to Houston Astros star Lance Berkman. One prospect that does have that type of access is recent Oklahoma commitment Drew Allen of San Antonio Alamo Heights.

The three-star quarterback has come to know the Astros' star hitter after he spent some time on Allen's family ranch. The 6-foot-5, 209-pound Allen has come to know Berkman well enough that he even consulted him on his decision over the past few weeks between Oklahoma, Ole Miss, Oklahoma State, and Vanderbilt.

"He has actually come to my ranch a couple of times, I've talked to him on the phone. I'm a huge baseball fan, and he is just such a great guy," Allen explained of his unusual friendship. "I talked to him last week, like last Tuesday. He is a complete all-around role model. I went to him for some advice, he went through the recruiting process as well, so he knows what is going on.

"It was more about how to really handle things, the thing that I was concerned about, I'm not the kind of guy who likes to say no to people or hurt people's feelings. I can only go to one school and I chose Oklahoma and there are a lot of schools out there that wanted me for their program. I didn't want to tell them no thanks but I felt I made the right choice. It was tough to call some of the coaches and tell them they weren't going to school."

It was last week that Allen began talking about his concerns in telling the coaches he'd developed great relationships with no but it was the late development of his friendship with Sooner quarterback coach Josh Heupel that alleviated some of his concerns.

A friendship that was aided greatly by Oklahoma showering him with attention while in Norman earlier this month.

"I went up there kind of with an open mind, and I think everybody in the nation knows Oklahoma has a great program up there," he explained. "I didn't want to let it overwhelm me, I had a great trip, It was a lot of fun.

"The first time I was just a recruit up there without an offer, the next time it actually meant something. They seemed like they really wanted me. When I told coach Heupel that I wanted to be a Sooner, I could sense the excitement, he was pumped. He had just told me they wanted me really bad.

"When I told coach Stoops I could tell he was sincere, and serious about my offer. I really like that they wanted me. There is an opportunity to get good quality groups."

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