Nation's #1 QB Talks Visits

The nation's top rated quarterback, Kyle Allen, took an unofficial visit to Oklahoma State last weekend and will be at UCLA this weekend...

Scottsdale (Ariz.) Desert Mountain quarterback Kyle Allen visited Texas A&M two weeks ago and was back on the road this past weekend to check out Oklahoma State.

"It was a great visit, I really liked it there a lot," Allen said. "The facilities they have are the best I've ever seen. I've been to a lot of colleges all over the country but in terms of the layout, the weight room, the locker rooms, I would have to say Oklahoma State is the best. When you walk down the hallways, they have pictures and things all over the walls, the ceiling, it's a real unique set up there.

"I was there all day Friday and spent a lot of time with the coaching staff and really liked everyone there a lot. Coach Gundy is a great coach and a real family guy and I felt that family atmosphere the whole visit. Coach Monken, the old OC offered me a year ago and I've been talking with Coach Dunn and have a real good feel for the coaching staff at Oklahoma State."

Allen said he spent a lot of time with Coach Yurcich, the new QB coach and OC and feels good about that relationship as well.

"I spent a good two hours with Coach Yurcich talking about the offense and the quarterback position," Allen said. "Coach Yurcich came from a Div II school and I really didn't know what to expect from him but I liked him a lot. His coaching philosophy is very similar to what they already do at Oklahoma State and the offense will be very similar as well.

"It was great just talking football with him. He asked me some questions about what I would do against certain coverage's, things like that. I'm very comfortable with Oklahoma State right now and I definitely have a lot of interest. Prior to this trip, I really didn't know what to expect out of the visit but I had a great time and I'm going to give them a strong look."

This weekend, Allen will take another visit to UCLA for the Bruins spring game.

"I've been to UCLA about three or four times already and really like it there," Allen said. "It's a great school and I have a great relationship with the coaches. I talk to Coach Mora all the time and know the Mazzone's Noel and Taylor really well.

"I've been talking with Noel for a couple of years and I talk regularly with Taylor now. He's a great coach and really knows football. Plus it's cool that he's young and I can relate to him really well. UCLA is really building something and you can tell the program is going in the right direction."

Arizona State is another program that will be in it for Allen until the very end.

"There's a lot of hometown pressure to go to ASU," Allen said. "They didn't take a quarterback last year and the depth chart sets up pretty nice. It's a good program and I'm close with the coaching staff. I've visited the campus several times already and I'm very comfortable with everything about the school.

"There is a strong group of players in-state this year and I've heard all the talk that if I go to ASU, I could rally everyone together. Honestly that won't affect my decision though. I can't worry about depth charts because there is going to be competition anywhere you go.

"I'm looking for a school where I click really well with the coaching staff, a school that is strong academically and a place where I fit in really well with the school and the city. I want to be involved in the community, that's important to me and I just want to pick a school that feels like home, like a big family to me."

Allen said that decision will come sometime in the summer if not sooner.

"There are days when I'll wake up and feel like I'm ready to make my decision," Allen said. "Then the next day, I wake up and it's a different school I'm favoring. My plan is to wait until after spring ball, around May 20 or so and narrow my choices down to four or five.

"Right now, the schools recruiting me the hardest that I'm feeling the most are probably UCLA, ASU, Oklahoma State and Texas A&M. I think I'll be able to decide by July but if I know sooner than that, I'll go ahead and commit. I won't drag it out or anything, once I feel good about the school and know I'm not just making an emotional decision, I'll go ahead and pull the trigger."

Allen said he plans to attend the Elite 11 in Chicago May 3 and the Nike Camp May 5 and will work in an unofficial visit to Wisconsin in between the two events. He may also attend the Elite 11 regional in Oakland and could do a few more unofficial visits but hasn't set up anything yet.

Greg Biggins has been covering recruiting for over 15 years, covering the West since the mid-1990's and currently serves as a national analyst for
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