Allen has been quiet throughout the recruitment process, but the Longhorns and Houston had waged a recruiting battle for him for several months. Kentucky and Kansas were also in the mix at various points, but the two in-state schools were the serious options.
Allen, a 6-foot-10 center from Saint Stephen’s Episcopal School (Texas), was ranked No. 15 in the ESPN 100. He was also considered the No. 1 center in the class.
Shaka Smart now has two McDonald’s All-Americans in his 2016 class, with Allen joining high-level guard Andrew Jones. ESPN 100 center James Banks and three-star scoring guard Jacob Young round out the group. Texas had the No. 18 class before Allen’s commitment.