"As the competition wore on I really thought the cream rose to the top," said Dilfer of the third to last opportunity for quarterbacks to earn an invite to June's Elite 11 finals held in conjunction with Nike's The Opening at the Nike campus in Beaverton, Ore.
"Kyle Allen (among others) really responded as the day wore on. They adapted to the stations and as we put more on them they responded to it. There was only one ticket handed out and that was Kyle," said Dilfer.
"It feels amazing," said Allen when speaking with Yogi Roth, the host of the Elite 11 on television for ESPN. "I came to this event last year and didn't know if I could make it or not. I realized I had the one year and I've been training with my team for this. It's a dream come true and I'm just happy that I made it."
Allen has earned his national prestige both with his performance in camps and seven-on-seven, but even more important on the field and through video of those games watched by coaches and evaluators.
Allen completed 72 percent of his passes (202-of-280) for 3,119 yards last season with 36 touchdowns and just 7 interceptions. As a sophomore, he threw for 2,547 yards with 25 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.
The reports out of the Elite 11 in Chicago were that he was very smooth with his delivery and was the most accurate of the throwers. That was further eveidenced with his winning the "Golden Gun Award," which goes to the most accruate passer.
"I love to compete and just want to go against the best and show what I can do," Allen told Roth when asked why he was working to compete in Elite 11 when his credentials are already so well stacked. "I want to see what the best can do, make friends with the guys here, and have fuun competing. I was here to compete."
Allen will get to do it again in June. He has said he plans on making a commitment in July, but he won't do it unless he is completely comfortable. He also visited Wisconsin this weekend while in the Midwest.
He has now spent time at OSU, Wisconsin, Texas A&M, UCLA, and Arizona State. Those four schools, besides Wisconsin, have been the schools he has pointed to the most. However, as the noteriety climbs, so does the offer list. It likely will continue to be that way.