Jake Allen will have a productive summer no matter what comes next.
The junior quarterback from St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., has already hit the camp circuit in earnest. Florida, Florida State and Stanford have seen Allen throw in person with one extending a coveted offer.
Allen grew up following Florida and couldn’t have been more pleased to welcome the Gators officially to the mix, although there’s more programs to see.
“That was huge for me,” Allen said. “That’s my dream school. To be able to get my dream school to offer me is definitely huge. I wanted to see Notre Dame and Michigan. I wanted to see Stanford and Alabama before I make a decision. That’s why I’m excited to get out there and see them.”
Notre Dame will host Allen on Friday for the Irish Invasion, its premier summer event. The very next day he’ll travel to Michigan for an opportunity to throw in front of new head coach Jim Harbaugh. Camp at Alabama is set for next month.
Allen wants to connect with Irish offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Mike Sanford.
“Notre Dame is Notre Dame,” Allen said. “The name just speaks for itself. That was one of the big things, just the history Notre Dame has. I wanted to get up there and see everything and work with coach Sanford. I know he’s huge. He coached at Stanford and I know he coached at Boise State. He’s got a pretty good past. It’ll be cool to get up there and see everything and see how he coaches to see if it could be a fit.”
Notre Dame, like most programs, has a history of recruiting St. Thomas Aquinas. Former four-star wide receiver Corey Holmes came to South Bend after starring at Aquinas in the Class of 2014.
Allen hopes an impressive workout will lead to more communication. He’s been in touch with Irish recruiting analyst Keenan Bailey, who joined the program this year.
“I talk to coach Bailey,” Allen said. “He’s an area recruiter. We’ll talk about every day, so it’s cool. He’s a real cool guy. I’m really excited to get up there and see him and see coach Sanford and meet the whole staff then get a good workout in front of them.”
Camp season will more or less come to an end for Allen after the Midwest swing, save the July trip to Alabama.
After seeing all those programs and sorting through any new offers, Allen hopes to be in position to make a verbal commitment. Stanford could well be the last missing piece to the puzzle as it plans to offer a quarterback in July after hosting its camps.
“Honestly I feel like after I make these visits I’m gonna know,” Allen said. “I’d pretty much like to commit this summer because I’d like to seal up my spot and start recruiting a class. I feel like I’m pretty much gonna know after I take these visits but you never know.”