Jake Allen soaks in first Gator game

There is always something about your first time...

That first time for Jake Allen in The Swamp for a Florida football game was Saturday night and he likely couldn’t have been more impressed.

“The atmosphere was insane,” Allen said by phone a night after returning home. “90,0000 freaking people screaming ‘Go Gators’. The Gators coming out of the tunnel… it was something special. It was really cool to finally be at my first Gator game.”

Allen also loved the offense, one that caters to his skill set and what he is already used to running. Head coach Jim McElwain brought a pro-style drop back passing game to Florida, but one that features many intricate moving parts.

“You look around and you will see the type that Auburn runs, the spread… Coach Mac likes the pro-style, under center, motion the ball around a lot,” he said. “I am a pro-style quarterback and they run the pro-style offense. The big thing is how Coach Nussmeier works with his guys and his calm, cool demeanor. It is cool seeing them getting under center a little bit.

“They looked very comfortable. The receivers, running backs, quarterbacks were all on the same page.”

With Allen already committed for the class of 2017, The St. Thomas Aquinas star has assumed the recruiting responsibility that comes along with a star quarterback. With that in mind he has been working on his 2016 teammate Sam Bruce into the fold. Bruce is an electric receiver that is currently committed to Miami, but was at the game on Saturday.

“Sam was in awe the whole time,” Allen said. “We went to the indoor facility and saw that. It was amazing, the nicest I have ever seen. I don’t want to speak for Sam, but I know he had a really good time.”

He also made sure to touch base with some of the other offensive stars that were visiting.

“I got to talk to Daquon Green, Nate Craig, Tyrek Tisdale, and Bruce Judson,” Allen said. “I didn’t really go in depth too much, I just wanted to enjoy the game.”

One of the highlights was a sit down with McElwain, surprisingly enough the head coach was at ease shortly before kickoff of his first game at Florida.

“I got to talk to Coach Mac an hour before kickoff,” Allen said. “He pulled us in his office an hour before kickoff. He was cool, calm, and collected. He just wanted to get a a chance to talk to Sam and I. I was impressed that he took some time away from the game plan to talk to us.”

With the quarterbacks looking sharp, Allen is the highest profile signal caller that McElwain has recruited so far. We look forward to keeping in touch.

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