The 6-foot, 185-pound Allen, who also added offers from Louisville on Monday and UCLA on Tuesday, said Banks and Tennessee defensive backs coach Willie Martinez informed him of his offer from the Vols.
“They like my versatility. They love my physicality and (that) I play like I love football,” said Allen, who’s ranked the No. 463 overall prospect and No. 28 safety in the 2022 class, according to the industry-generated 247Sports Composite.
“I was excited to get the offer. I’ve been communicating with them for a while.”
He said new Tennessee head coach Josh Heupel’s staff believes he’s capable of playing virtually any position in the secondary.
“They said I can play slot corner, outside corner and safety,” Allen said.
Tennessee has plenty of competition for Allen. He also has picked up offers from Georgia, Miami, Mississippi State, Penn State, South Carolina, Arkansas, Michigan, Louisville, Nebraska, N.C. State, UCLA, Virginia and Indiana, among others. But he said he’s already interested in taking a closer look at the Vols.
He said he’s not likely to travel to Knoxville until sometime after the ongoing dead period for recruiting, which will run through at least May 31. But he’s hoping to see for himself what Tennessee has to offer.