To paraphrase former Arizona Cardinals coach Dennis Green, 'It is what we thought it is" -- unfortunately, in this case, for LSU.

Southern Lab linebacker Chris Allen and Alabama commitment confirmed what Tiger fans suspected when he was asked Tuesday morning about why Louisiana football prospects are so drawn to play for the Crimson Tide.

"Mainly because, probably, every year ... they're beating LSU. And they're winning national championships," Allen said on the Culotta & The Fan show on 104.5/104.9 ESPN-FM in Baton Rouge.

"Even though this year they didn't win it, they made it there. They made it to the big game. So, that's a huge attraction."


Allen completed what he called a "great" recruiting trip at LSU this weekend and will be heading to Tuscaloosa this upcoming weekend to visit Alabama. He also expects an in-home visit with Alabama coach Nick Saban in the next few days.

He said Tuesday that his commitment to Alabama is "pretty firm," but that he hasn't ruled out flipping to LSU. "I've been thinking about them more than ever," the 6-foot-4, 235-pound linebacker said.

Growing up in Baton Rouge, he said, LSU means "a heck of a lot to me. It's been a team I've been watching ever since I was a little boy. When I was young, I dreamed of playing for the LSU Tigers. It's a big deal."

He was also complimentary of LSU defensive coordinator Dave Aranda and the Tiger defense's performance against Louisville in the Citrus Bowl.

"He's great. He's really good," Allen said. "The Louisville game, I got to see that. That was an amazing game by the defense.

Allen had 82 tackles, 14 tackles for loss and six sacks while leading the Kittens to a second straight Division IV state title in December.

He also was the Louisiana Sports Writers Association's Class 1A Defensive MVP and The Advocate's Class 3A and below Defensive MVP. And he was named the Defensive Player of the Year on the USA Today HSS All-USA All-State team for Louisiana.