Gaining Interest

At this time a year ago, Drew Allen wasn't thinking about what college he was going to be playing quarterback at.

Heck, most colleges had never even heard of Drew Allen.

That was okay with Allen. The 6-foot-5, 205-pound signal-caller was busy preparing for his first season as the starting quarterback at Alamo Heights High in San Antonio, Texas.

Allen certainly looked prepared on Friday nights. It took some time, but after throwing for 2,589 yards and 28 touchdowns, the All-District player started to get some major college looks.

Scholarship offers have trickled in from Wake Forest, New Mexico State and recently Colorado. Now that the recruiting evaluation period is here, the recruiting attention has gone up a couple gauges for Allen.

"The other Monday, I had seven different schools at my high school practice, which was a lot of fun," Allen said. "I think I've had 25 to 30 schools come by the high school to watch me workout. The interest, just whatever happens, happens. I just have to keep working hard."

He didn't get a chance to watch Allen workout, but Notre Dame offensive coordinator Mike Haywood dropped by a couple Fridays ago.

"I thought it was a great honor, because I know Notre Dame is such a great school and has such a great football program," Allen explained. "I was excited they came out of there way, because Indiana and Notre Dame is a long way from San Antonio, so I was excited he was able to come by.

"I sent him an email on Friday saying that I really appreciated him coming down and showing interest in me. I'm going to call him (tonight) and have a conversation with him, and talk to him about Notre Dame football and everything."

Allen's father knows a thing or two about Irish football.

Andy Allen was a defensive end on the Texas Longhorn's outstanding defense that went into the 1978 Cotton Bowl undefeated and ranked No. 1 in the nation. Notre Dame spoiled his National Championship hopes with a 38-10 victory.

"He used to be like don't go to Notre Dame, Notre Dame beat me," Allen said with a laugh. "Now it doesn't matter because Notre Dame is such a good school, and he got past that, where it now doesn't matter. It's whatever's best for me."

Allen's father also got past his hatred for Texas A&M.

Besides Notre Dame, Allen is also hearing a lot from Ole' Miss, Oklahoma State, Baylor, Vanderbilt, Iowa State, Kansas State and Duke. Allen has a 3.9 GPA and scored a 26 twice on the ACT. Those marks also have him receiving strong interest from Harvard and Yale.

"They say I have good mechanics and a strong arm," Allen said of what he hears from college recruiters. "That I can make any throw on the field, and they also like the fact that I have control of my team. Good field presence and seems like I'm a good leader. That's what they say, that they can tell I do well at practice."

Allen helped lead Alamo Heights to a 10-2 record, before the season ended in the second round of the state playoffs. Using his 4.7 second speed in the 40-yard dash, Allen also rushed for 254 yards and five touchdowns.

When the recruiting evaluation period soon comes to an end, Allen will likely be sitting on more than three offers. Notre Dame is a school he is very interested in.

"They're just a huge program, and they always have been, even when my Dad played back in 74 to 77. I know they have great academics there, so to get a degree from there would be great. And I know they have a great business school there, and that's what I want to major in. It would be a huge honor because of how prestigious the college is."

Allen has taken trips to Texas, Texas A&M, Auburn, Ole' Miss, Texas Tech and Baylor. He's not exactly sure when he's going to make a college decision.

"It depends on if I get the right offers from the right places," Allen began. "My ideal situation would be at the end of the summer before my senior year, so I can focus on the team because my goal is for me and our team to go all the way. I think I'll have a better chance to focus on that goal, and be a better leader on the field in that part. So I think I'm going to take all my visits this summer, go to Wake Forest, go to Vanderbilt, make a trip up to Notre Dame probably, visits some camps at Duke and those Ivy League schools."

What is Allen looking for in a program?

"Of course academics, because you know if anything falls through, I'll have something to fall back on with a degree from whatever school I go to. That's definitely the top. And I think the biggest thing is the relationship I have between me and the coaches. Is the school fitting my style of play? A passing school such as all these schools recruiting me. I can run, I can run a little, but my strength is my passing skills. Is it a passing school? That's definitely what I'm looking for."


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