NIXA, Mo. — He won’t play the same position, but Alex Allen will be following his father’s footsteps to Cedar Falls following his commitment to the Northern Iowa football team Saturday.

The 6-foot-6, 220-pound tight end announced his decision on Twitter, turning aside offers from several other FCS programs and scholarship offers from Wyoming and Air Force.

His dad, Terry, played quarterback for UNI from 1975-78, then became the Panthers’ head coach in 1989, serving as the head man for eight seasons before departing for Kansas. Alex’s older brother, Chase, is a tight end at Iowa State.

“I had a lot of early offers, but I hurt my shoulder early in the season and then UNI came in late,” Allen told the Courier. “I really like Coach Farley (Mark), Coach Danielson (Nick) and Coach Vokolek (D.J.). I felt like it was the right place for me to be at.”

Vokolek, UNI’s linebackers coach, is Allen’s cousin.

Allen and his family recently took an official visit to UNI where he said he got a history lesson.

“It was awesome,” Allen said of the visit. “Dad shared a lot of old stories he had when we walked through campus. He was happy to be up here. It put a smile on his face.

“It put a smile on my face, as well.”

Allen was a first-team all-USA Ozarks selection by the Springfield-News Leader.