Recruiting: QB Allen Is On the Move

I have often said that recruiting when done right should be the time of their lives for the prospects and that seems to be the way it is going for quarterback Drew Allen from San Antonio (Alamo Heights), Texas. The 6-5 1/2, 198-pound Allen has been on the go lately, has pretty much liked where he has been and thinks everything will be great where he ends up going.

"I've been on visits (unofficial) to Duke, Wake Forest and Colorado," said Drew Allen. "Then I have been to camps with Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Baylor and SMU."

That's a lot of traveling and we asked him to recap the visits first.

"On the visits I was really impressed by the relationships with the coaches," said Allen. "I went to Duke without an offer, but the day after I was there Coach (David) Cutcliff offered me a scholarship. I already had scholarship offers from Wake Forest and Colorado.

"The best thing about the trips were the relationships and friendships that I developed with the players and the coaches. To be around Coach (Dan) Hawkins (Colorado), Coach (Jim) Grobe (Wake Forest), and Coach Cutcliff and that caliber of coach was impressive."

Allen added that he was impressed in adding the offer from Cutclifff and Duke, especially since Cutcliff was the tutor to both Peyton and Eli Manning, and Tee Martin.

"I know I went to the Manning camp before my freshman, my sophomore, and my junior seasons," said Allen, who threw for 2,589 yards and 28 touchdowns last season and also ran for 254 yards and five more scores.

"I got a lot out of interacting with the Mannings and I learned a lot that helped me in those camps. Those are two Super Bowl winners, two great quarterbacks that Coach Cutcliff worked with. I also had a chance to work with Tee Martin at the Elite 11 Camp in Fort Worth."

As for the camps, Allen had this to say.

"They all went really well overall," he started. "Oklahoma was impressed with my performance (in camp) and with my tape. Oklahoma State said they were impressed with everything and my speed and mobility. (Editor's note - Allen reportedly ran a 4.7 in the 40 at the OSU camp.) They also liked my arm and the way I threw.

"It was the same with Baylor and with SMU. I felt like I had four quality camps. Every time I have gone to a school my expectations have been reached and more."

Allen added that those four camp schools had not offered and were evaluating him. However, Oklahoma State appears to be very interested.

"I was treated nothing but nice," added Allen of his experiences. "I leave for Vanderbilt tomorrow (Thursday, June 19), and that is the only other trip that I have scheduled for now. I am trying to shoot for a decision before school starts, but one of the things I am going to be doing here is building relationships with players and finding out if they committed early or took their official visits. I want to see what worked best for some of the players already in schools."

There is no doubt Allen is wanted. The question isn't whether he gets a scholarship but how many he will have the opportunity to choose from.

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