An Elite Quarterback

Arkansas quarterback commitment Austin Allen, who passed for 4,150 yards and 46 touchdowns last season for Fayetteville High, talks about being selected to the prestigious Elite 11 Quarterback Camp held next month in Redondo Beach, Calif.

Fayetteville High's Austin Allen, one of Arkansas' two 2013 quarterback commitments, has been selected for the Elite 11 Quarterback Camp.

The camp, which actually has 25 invitees that were announced Thursday night on ESPNU, is being held in Redondo Beach, Calif., on June 18-22.

"I was very excited about when I found out last Sunday when they called me, but I couldn't say anything about it until the selection show they had on Thursday," Allen said. "I am really looking forward to going out and competing against the best quarterbacks in the country and just trying to learn as much as I can."

The event will be televised on ESPN on Aug. 7th and Aug. 14th and Allen's selection has Fayetteville head coach Daryl Patton beaming.

"Every coach that came through here to see Austin said he was as good or better than any quarterback they had seen," Patton said. "I think his selection to the Elite 11 validates that and makes us all very proud. He is a great title, works hard and is being rewarded for that."

Allen, who committed to the Razorbacks back on May 21 along with teammates Alex Brignoni and Brooks Ellis, is coming off a spectacular junior season.

He passed for a Class 7A state record 4,150 yards and tied his older brother Brandon's school record of 46 touchdowns while tossing 11 interceptions.

"I had a lot of great teammates and we worked really hard to get to the point where we won the state title," said Allen, whose brother is a Razorback redshirt freshman signal caller.

Allen was one of 19 at-large selections to go along with the six MVPs of regional camps.

"I didn't do that well at the Elite 11 camp in Dallas, but then went to a Nike Camp soon afterward where I really passed the ball great," Allen said. "I think that is what really impressed the guys making the selection."

Allen is currently vacationing in North Carolina and will soon be enjoying some time in Florida.

"We are just trying to relax and have some fun," Allen said. "I guess I will throw a little on the beach to stay sharp, but it's some good down time now before getting back into it."

Fayetteville will battle Pulaski Academy in a scrimmage Aug. 22 in Little Rock and then open its season Aug. 30 at Razorback Stadium against Memphis University High School.

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