Interest rising in Cen-Tex QB

Temple, Texas quarterback Zach Allen continues to be a player to keep an eye on through spring evaluations as the interest seems to grow on a weekly basis for the gunslinger.

Recruiting is going very well for Zach Allen at the moment and it doesn't seem to be slowing down anytime soon. The 6-foot-2, 185-pounder performed well at the Dallas Elite 11 in late March and took home MVP honors at the NLA Showcase in Lancaster a few weeks later.

At the moment he's leading his Wildcats through spring ball and he can already notice a difference in this year's squad.

"Offensively and defensively it's all improving," Allen said of his team. "Our skill guys all know what to do this year and they're bigger, faster and stronger. Our receivers are running better routes. Our defense is flying around; they're extremely fast this year. The only negative is we've had to replace much of our o-line, but they're all young and we'll get it all figured out pretty soon."

Allen says it's easy to be labeled a leader as a quarterback and senior. It's a role he relishes and he uses as much encouragement as he can to help the younger players around him.

"Obviously playing the position I do and being a senior, I feel like I need to take a leadership role. I'm not always too vocal but I always try to do the right thing and encourage everyone and build everyone up," Allen said. "The way I look at it is you get more positive reaction if you do than chewing someone out for doing the wrong thing; just positive encouragement. That's the leadership role I've taken. I'm trying to be more of a coach than just a mean quarterback that gets after everyone."

On the recruiting front, things are getting exciting for Allen. He recently picked up another offer last week and more could be coming very soon.

"Minnesota came down and watched and they offered, I was pumped about that," he said. "I'm waiting on North Carolina to offer, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech is coming back down for their second visit next Monday so hopefully I'll get an offer after that."

The quarterback says there's plenty to like about the latest school to extend an offer.

"Playing in the Big 10 is neat and I know they have some of the best facilities in the nation. Academically they're top of the line. Football wise, they produce players in the NFL and they run the same spread offense that we do so it would be an easy transition," Allen said of what he knows about Minnesota.

Just how many programs have came by in recent weeks?

"There's been quite a few, SMU has come down, Texas Tech, Oklahoma State, North Carolina, Texas State, UTSA, Louisiana Tech came down yesterday, TCU came down yesterday," Allen said.

TCU was one of the first schools to evaluate Allen nearly a year ago at one of their summer mini-camps. In fact, Allen was arguably the top quarterback in attendance that day and certainly gained the coaches' attention. However, according to Allen, that was the last time he's had any correspondence with the Frogs. While he admits it was disappointing to not hear from them for quite a while, he's glad the Frogs are re-establishing interest and he hopes it will continue to grow.

"This was the first time I've seen anyone from TCU (since last summer)," Allen said. "I was a little disappointed after I came over there, they held me after and I talked to all of the coaches and I threw for the head coach and I really haven't heard anything from them since. It's a little disappointing but hopefully it picks up here.

"The defensive coach came down but they said they were going to get the quarterback coach and offensive coordinator to come down so I'm looking forward to that."

Allen didn't hesitate when asked if TCU is still a school he has under consideration, but at this point he remains open to everybody.

"Most definitely, I have an interest in any school right now," he said. "I want to have the most schools that I can when I make a decision."

While a majority of prospects will spend their summers hitting various camps, Allen likely will not. Instead, he will take unofficial visits to as many schools as he can so he can hopefully have a decision in the near future.

"I talked to my head coach and we've kind of decided that we're probably not going to do any camps this year. I'm trying to commit pretty soon after I visit the campuses and see which one fits me the best," he said. "I don't have to worry about it anymore and I can just focus on football."

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