Not This Summer

Future University of Arkansas quarterback Brandon Allen and Auburn signal caller commit Kiehl Frazier and their teams competed each other a lot last summer, but missed yet another opportunity to do so this summer on Saturday when both squads lost in the semifinals of the Southwest Elite 7-on-7 Showcase.

SPRINGDALE - It's beginning to look like the next time the University of Arkansas' and Auburn's quarterback commits battle each other on the field is going to be in college.

Both future Razorback Brandon Allen (6-3, 215) and Tiger pledge Kiehl Frazier (6-3, 215) – the top two quaterbacks in the state this season – had their teams upset in the finals of the Southwest Elite 7-on-7 Showcase.

Oklahoma City Heritage Hall downed Allen's Fayetteville squad 19-15.

"We were pleased with how we played in this tournament because we all played hard," Allen said. "But the last game just came down to the last couple of plays that we didn't make."

Eventual champ Olive Branch (MS) eliminated Frazier's Shiloh Christian team 26-20.

"I thought we played pretty good, but there were just some plays here and there that kept us from being there," Frazier said.

Ironically the two teams – who had tournament best 7-1-1 records - met in several intensity-filled 7-on-7 outings and a preseason exhibition last year and split those contests.

But not so this summer as – after both committed to their respective colleges – the two teams have played four tournaments without a single meeting.

"I guess it was just not meant to be," Allen said. "We keep getting close to playing, but it never works out."

Allen, who will miss this weekend's Arkansas Elite Camp as Fayetteville is playing in a tournament on the Vanderbilt campus, has a new mentor this season.

It is former Fayetteville, Arkansas and Central Arkansas quarterback Zac Clark, who is the new offensive coordinator for the Purple Bulldogs.

He is loving what he sees from Allen.

"He is physically as gifted as anybody that I have been around," Clark said. "Arkansas is going to get a great one. He is unbelievable – very, very talented and just reads defenses tremendously.

"Hopefully we can build an offense around him where he doesn't have to be the offense, but he is running the offense," Clark added. "I think we have some pieces around him that will help showcase him."

Allen has used the spring and summer to get familiar with Fayetteville's new offense.

"It's tough, especially in your senior season to change terminology, but we haven't changed everything," Clark said. "He is sharp enough that he has picked it up real well and the other guys have picked it up real well. It is going to be a little different scheme wise. The main deal is we have a very talented quarterback and we are still going to throw the ball around a lot."

Clark's college resume will help Allen prepare for the next level, but there's nothing like the experience of being there.

"The speed of the game is the big thing," Clark said. "Every level you go up, it gets tougher because you are seeing faster guys. That is the same way at each climb on the ladder."

"For a quarterback, mentally if you can slow it down enough to where your natural ability takes over – that is the big challenge," Clark said. "There is no doubt that he is going to figure that out. He'll take some lumps no doubt, but he has a great career ahead of him."

Allen is fired up about Arkansas' 11 commitments, especially adding Springdale Har=Ber offensive tackle Brey Cook earlier this week.

"So far we have a great class and getting Brey was huge," Clark said. "Picking up somebody like that only attracts even more people."

The Razorbacks have three offensive linemen from the 7A-West already committed meaning that Allen's high school foes will become his college protectors.

Allen is pleased he will be behind Har-Ber's Cook (6-7, 310) Springdale's Mitch Smothers (6-4, 295) and Bentonville's Marcus Danenhauer (6-5, 318).

"You want to have the biggest and baddest that you can get," Allen said. "We are getting them."

Frazier knows there are some Razorback fans upset with his decision to go to Auburn, but notes most of them have been very classy about the situation.

"You can tell that were some disappointed with a homegrown Arkansas boy leaving the state, but I just felt that Auburn was the best decision for me," Frazier said. "Most of the people from Arkansas have told me good luck, but some of negative. I understand that. I would say that 99 percent of the people here are really good people and just want their Razorbacks to do well."

That doesn't mean that future Razorbacks like Cook and defensive tackle Calvin Barnett, a 2010 signee who is having to matriculate to junior college first before arriving in Fayetteville, won't keep after him.

"Calvin Barnett is going to go to Arkansas and he has been calling me and saying why are you going to Auburn?" Frazier said. "I just thought it was the best place for me and I know that Brandon will do a great job at Arkansas."

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