With apologies to the musical genius that is Pat Benatar, the University of Arkansas might suffer a heartbreaker, but still have a Dream Maker when it comes to quarterbacks in its 2011 recruiting class.
Fayetteville High quarterback and Razorback commit Brandon Allen (6-2, 215) will be in Santa Barbara, Calif., Saturday through Tuesday as a finalist in the Steve Clarkson Dreammaker National Championship – a quarterback competition.
Allen earned his bid in Dallas while impressing one of the tour's 16 stops –all incorporated in what is also a reality show - and thus is eligible to be one of the finalists in Steve Clarkson Super 7 Maui retreat in Hawaii later this summer.
"I am headed out to California for this reality series thing – Steve Clarkson's Dreammaker Camp," Allen said. "They had a bunch of competitions around the country and the one I went to in Dallas was one of them. They take the best from each of the camps and then the top 7 from California go to Maui. That would be really nice."
Allen, who threw for over 3,000 yards and 30 touchdowns last season with just 5 interceptions, and Fayetteville High finished up its spring workouts on Friday night with a short scrimmage.
The Purple Bulldogs are under a new offensive coordinator this season in former Fayetteville and Arkansas quarterback Zak Clark.
They showed off a new running game while also going up top with Allen hooking up on a bomb to fellow Arkansas commit Demetrius Dean (6-3, 260).
"We have a new offense with Zak Clark and personally I like it," Allen said. "We have more of a running game so it will open up the passes with a lot of play action. Defenses won't be able to tee off on what we are doing."
While Allen – the son of UA assistant Bobby Allen - is in California, his buddy and Shiloh Christian signal caller Kiehl Frazier will be in Auburn.
Arkansas has hopes to land both quarterbacks, but Frazier – who is down to the Razorbacks and Auburn - said it is a possibility he could commit to the Tigers this weekend on a visit down there.
Allen says Frazier is a very easy person to get along with and he certainly respects that.
"It's his personality and it is very hard not to like him," Allen said. "He is a very humble person. Off the field he doesn't bring anything up about football or how great he is or anything like that. He is just easy to like."
Frazier is just one of the many Razorback recruiting targets that Allen is trying to persuade to join him in Fayetteville to play their college football.
"I build Arkansas up as much as I can," Allen said. "I tell them that is the place they need to go. People like (Springdale Har-Ber offensive lineman) Brey Cook, who would could really use. I basically am recruiting them myself."
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Fayetteville could very well add a big-time wideout in Las Vegas (NV) Desert Oasis star Chris Smith (6-2, 182), an Arkansas native who has plans to move in with his grandma in Fayetteville.
He is expected to arrive in early June per sources.
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