Unique Perspective

Fayetteville signal caller Austin Allen (6-2, 210) - a key 2013 Razorback recruiting target, son of current Arkansas assistant Bobby Allen and younger brother of Razorback quarterback Brandon Allen - gives his thoughts about the hiring of John L. Smith to be the head coach at Arkansas in 2012.

Fayetteville quarterback Austin Allen no doubt has a unique perspective on the recent developments in the Arkansas football program.

In addition to being one of the Razorbacks' top 2013 prospects, he is the son of current Arkansas assistant Bobby Allen and the brother of Razorback redshirt freshman quarterback Brandon Allen.

Arkansas hired former assistant John L. Smith on Monday to be the coach for the 2012 season in the wake of Bobby Petrino's ouster.

"I think it is a great hire and so does my dad and my brother really likes it," Allen said. "It really gives us the best chance at Arkansas to go out and win a national championship. Everything is now in place to make that happen. This was the best thing they could have done for that.

"I think what you are going to see now is the team go out and play as hard as they can for the staff Arkansas now has," Allen said. "That's what they wanted. A chance to do this with the staff that was in place."

Allen, ranked as a four-star prospect and the 24th best quarterback in the country according to Scout.com, passed for 4,150 yards and 46 touchdowns last season while leading his team to the Class 7A state championship.

He is now up to 12 scholarship offers, including ones from Arkansas, Notre Dame, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Ole Miss, North Carolina, South Florida, Tulsa, Arkansas State and Memphis.

"It's really nice to get all these offers and have the opportunities that I do," Allen said. "Everybody knows how much I love the Razorbacks, but I am just taking a look at everything and just making sure this is the right place for me."

He took in the Razorbacks' Red-White game on Saturday.

"The first teams really looked good," Allen said. "They are set for a great year and this helps."





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