The Opening: Kyle Allen Update

Scottsdale (Ariz.) Desert Mountain quarterback Kyle Allen came in to the Elite 11/The Opening as the top signal caller in the nation and not only lived up to the hype but exceeded expectations.

Following the SoCal NIKE Camp back in March, Scout.com made a somewhat bold move in moving Kyle Allen up to five star status and ranked him as the top quarterback in the nation. That was the first NIKE Camp of the year but Allen was that impressive and flashed every tool you could want in a next level signal caller on a strong 6-3, 195 pound frame.

Allen was dynamic all week and put on a clinic on day one of the 7 on 7 competition at The Opening. His Apocalypse team surprisingly went out early in the championship round of the event the following day but Allen had already solidified his status as not only the top signal caller in the nation but a legitimate top 10 national prospect as well.

Allen has all the physical tools but in a 7 on 7 environment, what really stood out was how quick he is with his reads, how he always seem to know where everyone is on the field and how quickly he can get rid of the football. He was extremely accurate, showed great touch on his deep balls and is a natural leader who teammates will enjoy playing with in college.

"The whole experience was amazing to me," Allen said. It was about so much more than just football and that's what impacted me the most. We had Michael Gervais, who's one of the most famous sports psychologists in the world talking to use about the mental side of the sport. Then we had people like NEGU (Never Ever Give Up) talking us about helping others.

"The idea was to look at football in a completely different way. It's not just physical, they wanted to make it physical, mental and emotional. They talked about ‘the burden of influence,' that we have. When people see you on T.V or read about you, you have a chance to influence people's lives.

"The burden of influence is making you in to a great man so you can help others become great as well. That really made a big impact on me and like I said, I've never looked at football that way before so it really opened my eyes up to the responsibility we all have."

Allen committed a month ago to Texas A&M and it was a decision that caught a lot of people off guard.

"The family atmosphere at A&M and the chance to play early were the two biggest factors that put them over the top," Allen said. "A week before I announced, I was dead even with all five of my schools. I really didn't know what to do so I talked with Jordan Palmer, who has been a mentor to me and he suggested I get away from everyone and write down the 10 things that are most important to me.

"Once I did that, I feel like my mind was just opened up and A&M was a clear choice for me across the board. A&M really stuck out and one morning I woke up and I just knew that's where I wanted to be. That was the day I committed. I was hoping the next day I didn't wake up and have any regrets and I was still as excited as ever to be an Aggie.

"Things just really shape up so well for me there. If Johnny (Manziel) stays, that's great, I can learn so much from him. He's a great guy and a lot of smarter than people think. If he leaves, I'm graduating early and I'll have a chance to get in there and compete for the job right away. I don't mind redshirting but if I have a chance to play, I want to do everything I can to get on the field. It's a win-win for me for sure."

Greg Biggins has been covering recruiting for over 15 years, covering the West since the mid-1990's and currently serves as a national analyst for Scout.com/FOXSportsNext.
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