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Hawk commits to become Hawkeye


© St. Petersburg Times, published January 20, 2001

TAMPA -- Armwood's Antwan Allen has orally committed to the University of Iowa, according to a newspaper report.

Allen, a 5-foot-11, 165-pound defensive back, chose the Big Ten school over Vanderbilt, North Carolina State, Tennessee and East Carolina, the Iowa City Press Citizen reported Thursday.

Armwood coach Sean Callahan told the Press Citizen that defensive backs coach Phil Parker played an important role in helping the Hawkeyes land Allen.

"That was the biggest factor," Callahan told the paper. "(Allen) said he felt more comfortable with coach Parker."

Callahan also mentioned the Big Ten and "getting away" as factors in Allen's decision.

However, Callahan and Allen both told the Times on Thursday that Allen hadn't committed and was to choose between Iowa and Vanderbilt.

Callahan said an announcement could come Sunday.

"Right now, my comment is that he's between Iowa and Vanderbilt," Callahan said Friday.

Allen declined comment Friday.

Allen becomes the second player from Armwood's state semifinal squad to make a commitment. Wide receiver Chris Murray orally committed to Miami in August.

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