What a weekend for Kyle Allen, the nation's number ranked quarterback.
He wowed everyone at the Chicago Elite 11 Camp, visited Wisconsin, earned an invite to the Opening and received a new offer.
From all reports, the Scottsdale (Az.) Desert Mountain prospect showed he deserved his elite ranking in Chicago, displaying a strong arm, quick release and great poise.
Allen (6-3 190) then spent a good part of Saturday on an unofficial visit to Wisconsin and he says, "The visit was a lot of fun, I definitely was impressed."
Allen tweeted on Sunday that Cal extended a scholarship offer, bringing him to 18 overall.
Just another weekend in the life of an elite prospect.
From GoPokes.com's Robert Allen:
Kyle Allen of Scottsdale (Ariz.) Desert Mountain Allen was in Chicago this weekend to further enhance his résumé and recruiting portfolio with a ticket given to him by Elite 11 master coach Trent Dilfer.
"As the competition wore on I really thought the cream rose to the top," said Dilfer of the third to last opportunity for quarterbacks to earn an invite to June's Elite 11 finals held in conjunction with Nike's The Opening at the Nike campus in Beaverton, Ore.
"Kyle Allen (among others) really responded as the day wore on. They adapted to the stations and as we put more on them they responded to it. There was only one ticket handed out and that was Kyle," said Dilfer.
"It feels amazing," said Allen when speaking with Yogi Roth, the host of the Elite 11 on television for ESPN. "I came to this event last year and didn't know if I could make it or not. I realized I had the one year and I've been training with my team for this. It's a dream come true and I'm just happy that I made it."
Allen has earned his national prestige both with his performance in camps and seven-on-seven, but even more important on the field and through video of those games watched by coaches and evaluators.
Allen completed 72 percent of his passes (202-of-280) for 3,119 yards last season with 36 touchdowns and just 7 interceptions. As a sophomore, he threw for 2,547 yards with 25 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.
The reports out of the Elite 11 in Chicago were that he was very smooth with his delivery and was the most accurate of the throwers. That was further evidenced with his winning the "Golden Gun Award," which goes to the most accurate passer.
"I love to compete and just want to go against the best and show what I can do," Allen told Roth when asked why he was working to compete in Elite 11 when his credentials are already so well stacked. "I want to see what the best can do, make friends with the guys here, and have fuun competing. I was here to compete."
Allen will get to do it again in June. He has said he plans on making a commitment in July, but he won't do it unless he is completely comfortable. He also visited Wisconsin this weekend while in the Midwest.
He has now spent time at Oklahoma State, Wisconsin, Texas A&M, UCLA, and Arizona State. Those four schools, besides Wisconsin, have been the schools he has pointed to the most. However, as the notriety climbs, so does the offer list. It likely will continue to be that way.
From Scout.com's Recruiting Analyst Allen Trieu:
Fresh off an outstanding performance at Friday's Elite 11, Kyle Allen, Scout's number one quarterback prospect, made the trip to Madison on Saturday to visit Wisconsin, one of the many schools that has offered him.
"It was good," the 6'3, 195-pound junior said. "I had a lot of fun, got to meet the new coaches, Coach Anderson and had a long conversation with him. He's a straightforward, good guy. I talked a lot of ball with Coach Ludwig, he was a good guy, offensive junkie, so it was fun talking to him."
Allen was able to talk to them about how he would fit in and what the depth chart will look like in his class.
"They see me as coming in, whoever comes in there in 2014, as their next guy, their guy who's going to take the program to the next level. They think that after the next guys leave, they see a three or four year starter there."
Spring is in full swing in Madison and the Midwest, but Allen's home state of Arizona does not experience nearly the same kind of Winter Wisconsin has. Will weather affect his decision?
"It's a factor," he admitted, "but I think I can adjust to it pretty easily. I come out here all the time to visit my family. It's cold, but you can deal with it."
At this point, Allen denies any favorites or leanings.
"I'm looking at pretty much every school that has offered me. I want to look at every school that's offered me and really get all out if it that I can. I don't really want to break anything down or burn any bridges until maybe after spring ball. I don't want to shorten anything up or burn any bridges because I might find something I love at these schools, so I'm keeping it open."
He also plans to decide before his senior season starts.
"I think I'll be ready by then, I've taken a lot of visits. last year to this year, I've taken probably 15 visits to be honest, so I think I'll have all my homework done and be ready."
When he does decide, he has several key elements he is looking for.
"Really it's just coaching, atmosphere and just the football life down there. You have to be getting along with your coaches real well and you have to love the football there. Also a big thing for me is academics. I have to be able to get a degree that will take me farther in life than a degree I couldn't get without these scholarships."
Allen plans to major in engineering or broadcasting.