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Utah football: Texans Greg Allen, Brian Allen commit to Utes

Published January 16, 2012 11:46 pm

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Monday might have been a holiday for some, but not for Utah coach Kyle Whittingham, who was in Texas closing deals with recruits.

Whittingham and safeties coach Morgan Scalley paid a visit to corner Greg Allen, a 6-foot, 200-pound corner out of Alief Taylor High School in Houston and left with a commitment from Allen on Monday.

Also committing to the Utes was receiver Brian Allen out of La Marque High School in La Marque.

Greg Allen was planning to visit Kansas but cancelled the trip and said his commitment to the Utes was solid.

"They've been checking on me ever since my sophomore year," he said. "My gut says 'yes' to Utah. I loved my visit and everything felt right."

Greg Allen, who visited Utah over the weekend, fills one of the Utes' biggest voids as Utah has put a priority on recruiting defensive backs this year. He plans to join the Utes for summer workouts and said he can't wait to get on the field.

"If wide receivers come at me, they'll see I came to play," he said.

He could be in for some fun competition then with the Utes' other latest commitment, Brian Allen. The 6-foot-3 receiver out of La Marque, Texas committed to Whittingham and Scalley Monday afternoon. He had plans to trip to Nevada but was going to cancel them. Utah won his commitment based on the football and engineering program.

"I liked the atmosphere there and the engineering, you can't any better than that," he said. "Coach Whittingham and Scalley sealed the deal today."

The receiver said he loves playing aggressively.

"If the ball is in the air, it's mine," he said.