May 19, 2008

San Antonio QB adds Big 12 offer

Alamo Heights High School in San Antonio, Texas, has been a popular stop for college football recruiters during the spring evaluation period. Drew Allen estimates that 30 colleges have been by the school in the past month.

"Wake Forest, Ole Miss, Purdue, Oklahoma State, SMU, Notre Dame, Missouri, Colorado, Vanderbilt, UTEP, Iowa State, Kansas State, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Ole Miss, Harvard," Allen replied when asked to list off some of the programs that have come to check him out.

"I think everybody dreams of having colleges come by and show interest," said Allen, who stands 6-foot-5, 205-pounds. "I think down the road when it becomes decision time, it might become a little stressful but right now I am loving it and having fun with it.

"I think it is making me a better player because it is making me work that much harder.

"My idea is to hopefully get the right offers from the right places and take some visits this summer to places that have offered by the end of the spring. Hopefully I find the right place before the season starts because I'd like to focus on my team and not have to worry about the recruiting process during the season. So a commitment at the end of the summer is very likely and is something that I hope to do."

Allen already holds scholarship offers from Colorado, Wake Forest and New Mexico State.

"Every college that is interested in me and has offered, I definitely want to learn more," he said. "They are all sending me information and I am going online and looking at everything."

Tight ends coach Kent Riddle is recruiting Allen from the Buffaloes' staff.

"Colorado came to one of our spring practices and called and told me after that they think I have a really strong arm and great mechanics and real good field presence," he explained. "That is what they said they were looking for. I guess they liked what they saw because they sent me the offer.

"I have always been a Texas Longhorns fan, my dad (Andy Allen) played [defensive end] there [from '74-77]. I have always been a big fan of the Big 12 so I have followed all the Big 12 schools. Colorado is in the Big 12 so I have of course followed them."

Allen said he plans to visit Wake Forest unofficially as soon as school gets out.

"I have some family that lives up in the Northeast so I am going to go check out the Ivy League schools and Duke, as well," he added. "I am probably going to go visit Boulder this summer. With the offers that come at the end of this spring, in the next couple weeks hopefully I'll get some more, and then we can plan it out and maybe go to some camps."

Allen helped lead Alamo Heights to a District 27-4A championship last fall. He threw for 2,589 yards and 28 touchdowns, and was voted the district's Most Valuable Player.

"We are two weeks into spring practices and we have our spring game on Thursday," Allen explained. "I feel we are doing a real great job. This is actually the first time that Alamo Heights has done spring practices. We have some spots where we are really young so these three weeks of practices are great for us. We have a real great team chemistry and you can see that in practice. Everybody has been hitting the weight room really hard. I am working to be the best leader I can be, because the quarterback needs to be the leader of the team."

Academically, Allen will have no problem qualifying for college. He maintains a 3.85 GPA and he scored 26 on the ACT.

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