Sep 08, 2012; Evanston, IL, USA; A detailed view of the Northwestern helmet before the game against Vanderbilt at Ryan Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

College Football Recruiting: 3-star DE Zach Allen commits to Northwestern Wildcats


It did not take long for the Northwestern Wildcats to find a pass rusher to compliment Trent Goens, who gave his pledge to the Wildcats on Tuesday.

Just a few hours later, 3-star defensive end Zach Allen joined Goens in committing to the Wildcats.

“They told me how Trent committed and they had two more spots and they wanted me to take one of them,” Allen told Steve Wiltfong of 24/7 Sports. “I talked to my family and we thought Northwestern had the best combination of athletics and academics. Coach (Pat) Fitzgerald, Coach (Bob) Heffner and Coach (Marty) Long have been great through the process.

“I’m blessed to be part of the Northwestern family.”

The 6’5, 235-pounder attends New Canaan High School in New Canaan, Connecticut.

Allen is ranked as the 50th best strong side defensive end prospect, the fourth best overall prospect in the state of Connecticut and the 983rd best overall prospect in the class of 2015, according to 24/7 Sports’ composite rankings.

He also had offers from the Boston College Eagles, Connecticut Huskies and Massachusetts Minutemen, among others.

Allen was the Wildcats’ seventh commitment in the last five days.

3-star inside linebacker Nathan Fox, who committed on Friday,linebacker Tommy Vitale who decided Northwestern would be the best place for him on Saturday, 3-star running back John Moten who gave his pledge to the Wildcats and the Dowell twins, Andrew and David, a pair of 4-star prospects who committed to the Wildcats on Sunday.

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