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Arizona football lands LSU transfer Jordan Allen

Defensive end Jordan Allen will be immediately available to play for the Arizona Wildcats in 2014.

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The Arizona Wildcats made a splash on Tuesday when LSU defensive end Jordan Allen decided Tucson would be his transfer destination, according to Daniel Berk of the Arizona Daily Star.

Allen, who will be a fifth-year senior, graduated in December and as a graduate transfer will be able to contribute immediately. LSU released him from his scholarship so long as he joined a team outside the SEC and picked up a graduate degree the Tigers couldn't offer, and the 6-foot-6, 254 pound defensive end will have one year of eligibility remaining.

In 2013, Allen totaled 16 tackles that included two sacks despite losing his starting job early in the season. He missed most of the Tigers' 2012 season with an injury.

At Arizona for coach Rich Rodriguez, Allen has an opportunity to make an immediate impact. The Wildcats' small defensive line will be led by veterans Reggie Gilbert and Dan Pettinato, and while there are other viable bodies on the roster like Kirifi Taula and Luca Bruno, Allen should be able to find backup snaps, at worst.

And overall, the recruiting tactics by Rodriguez have become quite clear.

The Wildcats are active and have found success adding immediate-impact transfers who have played for high-level D-I programs. Next season, Allen joins a list that also includes former Notre Dame receiver DaVonte' Neal, Texas transfers Connor Brewer and Cayleb Jones and one-time USC quarterback Jesse Scroggins. Quarterback Jerrard Randall, who like Allen once played at LSU, and former Boise State defensive lineman Jeff Worthy are also on the list of potentially impactful transfers who could help Arizona sooner rather than later.