Matt Campbell and his coaching staff have made a name for themselves in recruiting. This season is no exception. Despite not making as big of a splash (at least not yet) as they have in prior seasons, the Toledo Rockets are doing a great job of recruiting players who fit the program and the Rockets' style of play.
On Friday, Matt Campbell and his staff received a commitment from Charlotte, North Carolina defensive tackle, Ikeem Allen. Allen previously commitmet to Ball State University last summer. However, Cam Mattison, a high school teammate of Allen's committed to Toledo and has already enrolled in classes at the university. Mattison played a large role in flipping Allen's commitment from Ball State to the Rockets.
Aside from Mattison, the identity of a new defensive coordinator at Toledo may have helped in Allen's recruitment. Although the public doesn't yet know who the defensive coordinator is, it isn't rare for recruits and players to know who a team will be bringing in.
Allen is an underrated two-star recruit as listed by Rivals but has good 4.8 40-yard dash speed for his big 6'1, 295 lb. frame. Aside from Ball State and Toledo, Allen also had offers from several FCS schools such as Northern Iowa, Western Carolina, and The Citadel, amongst others.
With excitement already building around Toledo after word of Allen's commitment, the Rockets got another big boost by getting a commitment from Chamberlain, Florida outside-linebacker, Anthony Davis. No, not the Anthony Davis with the uni-brow that dominated college basketball at Kentucky. This Anthony Davis is a hard-hitting three-star linebacker as ranked by Rivals.
Aside from being just 5'10, Davis has all the intangibles you are looking for in a college linebacker. Davis took his visit to Toledo on January 18 and committed just two days later. Not only is he a three-star recruit but he also had offers from big time schools such as Minnesota, South Florida, and West Virginia. Matt Campbell and his staff are known for making splashes like this near signing day by getting players who may not necessarily have a chance to make an impact in a big conference such as the Big Ten, we'll keep an eye on the Rockets as signing day gets closer.
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