Monken Out Shopping For Quarterbacks

Oklahoma State offensive coordinator Todd Monken will return to Stillwater on Wednesday after being on the road to meet with head coach Mike Gundy, and the two are expected to name a starting quarterback. But in the meantime, Monken is charged with finding the Cowboys quarterback for the 2013 class. One he'll be stopping to see this week is Zach Allen out of Temple, Texas.

I spoke to Allen the other day and found him to be a very engaging and well spoken young man. Besides a football standout, Allen is also a power-hitting right fielder for the Tempe High School Wildcats and he informed me that they have already qualified for the playoffs.

The 6-3, 185-pound Allen is very athletic and last season ran 136 times for 766 yards (a 5.6 average) and nine touchdowns. He completed 106 of 197 passes for 1,753 yards and 11 touchdowns with just two interceptions.

He has scholarship offers from Syracuse, Texas State, Texas-San Antonio, and Eastern Illinois, with Oklahoma State, North Carolina, Texas Tech, SMU, and Baylor making regular contact.

"Football is my main sport and baseball is just a hobby," said Allen of the two sports. "I'm just looking at playing football in college. I'm looking at lots of things (in schools). I want a schools that is academically suited to me.

"Really, everything, an offense that is productive and where they don't hand the ball off every play. I want to go to a school that has been having success, has been winning. I would like a school in a major conference, you know Big 12, SEC, ACC, Big 10, a big conference."

Allen said he is looking forward to the evaluation period and coaches coming to Temple to check him out. He also said he is anxious to get out and check out some of the schools with some unofficial visits.

His numbers show that he is athletic and can run with the football. His tape shows a passer with a good arm and good mechanics that plays in an offense that runs the ball a little more than they throw it.

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