Committed over: Only FBS offer, interest from Eastern Michigan, Hawaii, Nevada
On Film: Sam Allen appears to be a similar type of quarterback to current SJSU quarterback Kenny Potter. It is evident that this is the type of QB that Borges wants to work with at San Jose State - a player who can command a variety of offensive concepts with both passing ability and athleticism.
Like Potter, Allen impresses on his feet. Compared to Potter, Allen appears to run with more purpose. He shows off his running ability on designed runs and makes the read option an effective tool in his junior college offense. Potter, meanwhile, has served as more of an improvisor. Both styles of play can lead to big runs, but Allen’s style could give Borges more confidence to utilize more quarterback designed runs than were used last season with Potter at the helm.
Through the air - while highlight films don’t wouldn’t show incompletions, Allen appears to throw a tighter ball than Potter. He may not be ready to attack Mountain West defender deep downfield, but is lethal in dropping passes right on the money in the 10-30 yard range - the type of plays that SJSU depends on to extend drive and complement the run game.
Recruiting impact: It wasn’t until the second half of the season that Kenny Potter cemented himself as the starting quarterback. After nearly two full seasons of QB uncertainty, Potter appears to be the starting quarterback in 2016, but he will already be a senior in his second year in the program.
Looking to the future, four quarterbacks return next season, but reserves Malik Watson and Mitch Ravizza will be seniors. Only Josh Love returns as an underclassman. The preferred walk-on redshirted last year, his first season in the program.
With a seemingly wide-open vacancy in 2017, Allen could step in and be the Spartans’ quarterback for three full seasons. He has four years to play three - which could end up being one redshirt year as an understudy to Potter and three years to compete for the starting job.
On the recruiting resume, only one FBS offer doesn’t make Allen the most impressive recruit, but few players go to junior college for one semester and then bolt to an FBS school. His offer list would have likely been a long one had he stayed another year. Allen is expected to be the only SJSU quarterback in the class.
San Jose State has already landed the commitment of Kaymen Cureton, a 2017 quarterback recruit. If he follows through with his pledge, he and Allen will be separated by two years of eligibility.
Quotable: “I can’t think of a better quarterback coach and offensive coordinator,” Allen said of Al Borges. “I would say he’s at least one of the top guys out there to this day and probably has the most experience out of all of them… They recruited me so hard and so well and I had such a great chemistry with the coaches. When I went out there, it felt right. It felt like I was their guy and I was sold completely.”
“Coach Borges told me he wants a quarterback who ‘runs for yards, but throws for miles.’ So that’s the quarterback I want to be.”
Final Thought: The future of the quarterback position at San Jose State seems to be set with two commitments in one month. Come 2017, the Spartans could have Allen and Love as redshirt sophomores and Kaymen Cureton as a true freshman competing for the starting job. Allen looks to fit a similar mold of Potter and could seamlessly fill in as the team’s signal caller. He may have added intangibles, coming from Fork Union Military Academy.