Badgers Transfer WR Gets Offer from Gophers After Visiting Dinkytown

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Markus Allen had offers from across the country coming out of high school in 2021. At one point, he was committed to Michigan, landing at the University of Wisconsin. But when the Badgers fired their head coach, Paul Chryst, earlier this season, Allen took his opportunity to enter the transfer portal.

And last weekend, the 6’2″, 190 lb former 4-star wide receiver recruit from of Clayton, OH could be found at the University of Minnesota. Clearly, something clicked while during his visit because Allen got an offer from PJ Fleck and Co on Wednesday.

After redshirting as a freshman, Markus Allen played 108 snaps for the Badgers in 2022, still good for 4th most on the team. Allen’s season ended with 6 games, 7 receptions and 91 yards after he announced his transfer and stopped playing for Wisconsin on October 16.

How interested is Markus Allen in Minnesota

He’s reportedly very interested in the Gophers and even paid his own way for the visit last weekend. Allen announced a visit to the University of Kansas next weekend. We’ll see if he takes it or if this offer can seal the deal before he leaves.

If Markus committed to Minnesota, he’d be immediately seen as a starter, across from 6th-year returnee, Chris Autman-Bell. If he doesn’t land in Dinkytown, you can expect PJ Fleck, Matt Simon and Kirk Ciarrocca to be on the prowl for a high-end transfer wide receiver throughout the offseason.

In the meantime, here is some background and high school highlights for Markus Allen.

Good overall size and length. Solid bulk and build to him already in high school. Will be a big, physical college receiver. Smooth and has good ball skills. Tracks it well in the air and will use his size to go up and win contested passes. Will adjust well to passes and shows good body control. No verified speed as far as a laser time or a track time. Can still get more straight-line explosive. Projects safely as a red-zone guy and productive short to intermediate receiver. Upside is higher especially if he is able to get to another gear top-end wise.

Allen Trieu (247Sports Lead Recruiting Analyst)

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