"Coach Sadler has been the one recruiting me. He came by my school and watched me at spring ball. He encouraged me to come to camp at Texas Tech and get in front of the coaching staff. He wants the offensive coaches and head coach Mike Leach to see me," Allen explained.
So has Allen made plans to come out to Lubbock?
"I'm supposed to give Coach Sadler a call back sometime this weekend and let him know if I'm going to come. I would like to make it out there, but right now I'm going to have to look at the dates and see if it will work. I have already made commitments to visit at a few different schools over the summer, so I really need to talk to my parents and decide what I want to do."
With offers from Colorado, New Mexico State, and Wake Forest and interest from Ole Miss, Oklahoma State, OU, Kansas State, and Iowa State among others, Allen is being patient with the recruiting process. He hopes to commit before the beginning of his senior year, but that will depend largely upon which schools he has offers from at that time.
"I'm going to camp at OU; they're a big time program and I'm very interested in them. As far as Texas Tech, their style of offense is what I like the most. They are always in the top three in the nation for passing yards, they have great coaches and great schemes, and I'm intrigued by the offense and how they throw the ball so much. That's what I'm looking for in a college.
"I know a lot about Tech," Allen continued. "My brother went there for college, and my best friend recently moved to Lubbock. So I've been in the city quite a few times and know a lot about the school and Lubbock."
One of the aspects of his game that makes Allen so appealing to Texas Tech is his ability to make plays when the pocket collapses. As a junior, Allen passed for 2,589 yards and 28 touchdowns and rushed for an additional 254 yards and five touchdowns to earn All-District honors.
He explained, "I am definitely a pro-style quarterback and feel comfortable in the pocket. When I'm in the pocket, though, I can scramble and make plays with my feet. Last year I had 50 something rushing attempts, but they were all in the last five games of the season. My coach wanted to save my running for district."
Allen's intelligence is another trait that the Red Raiders are impressed with. He has a 3.9 GPA and scored a 26 on the ACT.
RaiderPower.com will keep you updated on this talented signal caller and how his summer plans shape up.