All-American Allegretti checks in
Future Illinois offensive lineman Nick Allegretti is in San Antonio this week for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
The Lincoln-Way East product, who is on the East squad and is the first Illinois recruit to take part in this game since 2009, will check in from the Lone Star state throughout the week leading up to Saturday’s noon kickoff at the Alamodome.
“It’s been awesome. As soon as I got there, I got a U.S. Army All-American letter bowl jacket. I got a big duffle bag just full of stuff. It was five-star treatment all day on Sunday. I left my house around 8:30 on Sunday morning, flew out of O’Hare and got into San Antonio around 11:30 a.m. My hosts were there waiting for me, and they took me through everything. It seemed like I had to sign my name about 430 times, but it was worth it because I’ve got some really cool stuff, like helmets, practice gear, shoes and T-shirts.
“I’m in the middle of wrestling season right now, and I wrestle in the 285-pound weight class, but I’m definitely not going to put any weight back on this week. I’m more worried about making sure every day I get up before practice to get my conditioning in. If I do that, I should be fine.
“I met my coaches Sunday night, and we had a really big dinner in the hotel ballroom. We’re staying at the Grand Hyatt in downtown San Antonio. My roommate is Elijah Hood, a running back from Charlotte who is going to North Carolina. I saw Brian Allen, an offensive lineman from Hinsdale Central who is going to Michigan State, when I got here. I’ve known him forever, and I’ve known Elijah from a camp we did over the summer in Ohio.
"My mom, Tammy, made the trip with me, and my dad and brother, along with a couple of friends, are set to arrive today. It’s been really cool so far.
“Since my high school coach, Rob Zvonar, coached in this game in 2007, I’ve been looking forward to this opportunity. It’s unbelievable that it’s finally here. It means a lot to represent Illinois in this. Illinois is definitely on the rise right now, and having an All-American really shows they’re doing a great job recruiting. My hope is that this will show other recruits that we can help the program succeed in the future.”