Austin's Time

Fayetteville junior quarterback Austin Allen has a busy week in which he gets an offer from Arkansas, heads to the Razorback' Junior Day with teammates Brooks Ellis and Alex Brignoni and caps it with the Northwest Arkansas EAE Combine in Bentonville.

After ending his season in storybook fashion, Fayetteville quarterback Austin Allen's recruiting has taken off.

Allen's last pass of the season was a two-point conversion throw to teammate Tyler Tuck in overtime that handed Fayetteville a 29-28 win over Bentonville in the Class 7A state title game.

He was named the MVP after going 27-of-41 passing for 376 yards and four touchdowns in the championship game while leading his team from 14 points down in the fourth quarter.

"It was a whole year's worth of work in that one play," Allen said at Sunday's Northwest Arkansas EAE Combine in Bentonville. "It couldn't have ended any better. We ran that play every week and it paid off when we needed it in overtime. We said if we get into overtime, we are going to run this play and win a state championship on it."

Allen (6-2, 205) – who was one of 20 or so prospects on hand Saturday for Arkansas's Junior Day on Saturday - is the son of Arkansas defensive assistant Bobby Allen while his older brother Brandon is a freshman quarterback for the Razorbacks.

Austin Allen and Fayetteville linebacker Brooks Ellis (6-2, 215) both got offers from Arkansas last Wednesday and the Razorbacks are also looking at safety Alex Brignoni (6-2, 190), who joined the pair at Junior Day and the EAE Combine.

"That was awesome," Allen said of the offer. "Junior Day was great. They showed us what the new facilities would look like. All the brand new stuff was eye-opening. Things like four-foot wide lockers with a screen in it. It was just me and the coaches talking. I really enjoyed talking to (Arkansas quarterbacks) Coach Paul Petrino. It was fun and everything I expected."

With head coach Bobby Petrino out of town for a previously scheduled event, his brother laid out the offense for Allen.

"When we were at Junior Day yesterday, Coach Paul Petrino gave us a rundown of the the offense," Allen said. "It was a lot to learn. But their offense works. It has everywhere he has worked and it's pro-style so it gets you ready for the NFL."

Allen had offers from Tulsa and Ole Miss before he started his first high school game this season and added Arkansas, North Carolina Arkansas State and South Florida last week.

He is also drawing interest from Illinois, Arizona State and Auburn.

Allen had said previously that he didn't know if he wanted to follow in his brother's footsteps again after taking over for him at quarterback at Woodland Junior High and then Fayetteville.

"There is going to be competition anywhere I go," Allen said. "Playing back-up to Brandon in high school I learned a lot. If I back him up in college, I am sure I could also. He is a heck of a player. I wouldn't mind it."

"I am going to keep it open longer than Brandon did," Allen said. "Of course, he committed at the end of his sophomore season. I wanted to kind of enjoy it a little bit and go see a couple of schools before making a decision."

Allen, Ellis and Brignoni will be back to lead the Bulldogs next season.

"They are freaks," Allen said. "Alex had 10 interceptions this season and Brooks was the defensive player of the year in the state. They are just great players all around."

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