While the move doesn’t officially mean Allen is leaving the Mountaineer program, it does signal to other universities that the redshirt freshman is open to transferring and allows other coaches to contact him without violating any NCAA tampering rules. Should Allen decide to change his mind, he can rejoin the West Virginia program without penalty — provided head coach Neal Brown invites him back to the team and his scholarship has not been discontinued.
The Paintsville, Kentucky native participated in Spring drills and saw a few snaps during the Gold-Blue Spring Game last month. Should Allen elect to stay, he is unlikely to crack the two-deep heading into the 2019 season and will, at best, find himself as a third string nose tackle behind Darius Stills and Brenon Thrift.
If Allen transfers to another Division I FBS program, he will have to sit out the 2019 season and will have three years of eligibility left at his new home. A move to a Division 1 FCS program or lower will allow Allen to play immediately, and would most likely allow him to crack the two-deep on arrival.