"It was a hard decision to make because it's a long process," Allen said. "It's a risky process. If you feel in your gut that you're not in the right spot, you can pray all you want, you can pray to God all you want, but you're not going to hear an automated voice saying, ‘Maryland's not the right spot.' You know what I mean? It's up to you. You can do whatever you want, but you have to really think and weigh the factors in. For me, it was hard. It's more than basketball for me. Leaving here, I told you I love College Park, but it's just something that I think is going to be good for me and my family. It's going to be something better, where I can be focused and everything."
Now he is ready to find his new home.
"I ‘m just trying to find the right position for me to succeed," he said Friday.
In an interview with Scout.com, Allen says three schools in the running for his services are: Virginia, North Carolina State and Virginia Tech. The 6-foot-tall guard is planning to visit each school, and he started his tour with a visit to Charlottesville on Thursday.
"I pretty much knew what I would be getting into because we played them four times. I know how they run their offense and I know the guys. I was just getting a little bit more familiar."
Allen, who was recruited by the Bennett staff during high school, hails from Fredericksburg, Virginia. Although, that familiarity eased the visit, there are things that make UVa a contender.
"They are willing to win. I have a good relationship with the coach (Tony Bennett). And it's close to home, so it's a good fit."
The coaches are not the only ones that are trying to bring Allen back to his home-state. Current UVa guard Justin Anderson, who is very close to Allen, hasn't been shy of wanting his friend as a teammate.
"He has been that way every since high school,"Allen joked. "I've known him for a long time…He is so passionate. He just loves the game."
As mentioned earlier, Charlottesville will not be his only stop this May. Allen does not intend to rush the process and plans to visit both N.C. State and Virginia Tech in the near future.
"If I go to those two schools it is just about me having a good relationship with both of their coaches," Allen explained. "They are both great guys. I've never played against (Virginia Tech head coach) Buzz (Williams), but I know how (N.C. State) coach (Mark) Gottfried coaches, and the freedom he gives his players- that is something that I like about N.C. State."Although Allen is not as familiar with Williams' coaching style, he does know the Hokies head coach has a great reputation on helping his athletes go to the next level.
"I respect Buzz. He is good at what he does. He gets people in the NBA and makes them better. That's the type of coach that I need."
Allen will not rush to a decision, but he also has a timeline in mind.
"I plan on committing in the next week or in the next two weeks I will commit," he said. "I am going to take four visits….. I haven't decided the (fourth) one."
Allen is keeping mum on which schools he is considering for his fourth visit, but one thing is certain, whichever school he chooses will land a scorer. Last season, Allen averaged just under 14 points a game, shooting over 40 percent and 38 percent beyond the arc.
Allen would need to sit out a year no matter where he decided to go. The only restriction placed by the Terps was that Allen could not transfer to a school in the Big Ten.