Arizona Wildcats football: Former LSU defensive end to transfer to UA

2014-04-29T16:47:00Z 2014-04-29T17:35:45Z Arizona Wildcats football: Former LSU defensive end to transfer to UADaniel Berk Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

Transfer U. has added another.

Former LSU defensive end Jordan Allen committed to Arizona this afternoon. The 6-foot-6-inch, 254-pound lineman will be able to play this season. He has one season of eligibility remaining.

Allen, who decided to transfer from the Tigers after spring ball, will graduate from LSU this semester and then arrive at Arizona in May.

He redshirted his first season at LSU in 2010, and then played as a reserve in 2011. As a sophomore in 2012, he tore his ACL and missed the majority of the year. He played in all 13 games last season for the Tigers and had 16 tackles and two sacks, including this one against UAB.

"I was just ready for a fresh start; something different," Allen told the Star today. "I wanted to find a place where I could come in and help the team and ultimately help them win a championship. Arizona seems like the perfect spot to do that."

Allen is a natural defensive end, but could also play some on the inside for the Wildcats, who are desperately searching for a nose tackle. 

Originally from West Monroe, La., Allen visited Arizona earlier this month and said he felt comfortable from the start. He said he chose Arizona over TCU.

"There's a lot to love about Arizona," Allen said. "The place is awesome. Not just the city of Tucson, but the overall campus is amazing. I really liked how the university is very athlete oriented. They really care about their players there and give them every resource they need. 

"I'm hoping it will be a good fit."

Allen was a four-star prospect coming out of West Monroe High School. He was ranked as the 16th best defensive end in the country by the Scout.com recruiting service and chose LSU over offers from Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Nebraska, Tennessee and others. He was ranked as the top defensive line prospect in the state of Louisiana by Rivals.com

"I had a good experience there, it was just time to move on," Allen said.

Allen was a teammate of current UA quarterback Jerrard Randall for two seasons. Randall began his career at LSU before transferring to Northeast Mississippi Community College last season. 

"We didn't hang out a lot outside of football, but I definitely know him and spent a lot of time with him on the field and in the weight room," Allen said. "It'll be good to have him there."

Allen is just the latest transfer to commit to Rich Rodriguez and Arizona. He joins Randall, Cayleb Jones and Connor Brewer (Texas), DaVonte Neal (Notre Dame), Jesse Scroggins (USC) and Jeff Worthy (Boise State) as players looking for a fresh start at Arizona after beginning their college careers elsewhere. 

Whether he sticks at defensive end, or plays more inside at nose tackle, there should be plenty of playing time available for the former LSU Tiger. The Wildcats have just one returning starter — end Reggie Gilbert — on the defensive line.

For more on Allen, read Wednesday's Star.

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Daniel Berk began covering UA football in 2013 after spending two-plus years as the Star's high school sports coordinator. Previously, he served as the sports editor and NAU beat writer for the Arizona Daily Sun in Flagstaff for three years.

A University of Kansas graduate and St. Louis native, Berk is still getting used to 350 days of sunshine, the relentless "dry heat" of the summer and the fact that Tucson doesn't have a real hockey rink.

Contact Daniel at dberk@azstarnet.com or by calling 573-4330. Follow him on Twitter @DSBerk.

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