Allen on the Rise

QB Kyle Allen

2014 Scottsdale (Ariz.) Desert Mountain quarterback Kyle Allen's recruiting process is off to a hot start.

2014 Scottsdale (Ariz.) Desert Mountain quarterback Kyle Allen is enjoying the recruiting process, as he's watching his stock rise.

"It's awesome," he tells Scout.com. "I'm at seven offers right now."

At this early stage of the game, Allen already holds scholarship offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Boise State, Duke, North Carolina, Oklahoma State and UCLA.

In addition, Ohio State is showing interest and the quarterback thinks the Buckeyes may be next in extending an offer.

"Ohio State is very close," he shares. "I'm actually going up there on Friday to meet with them."

Allen has a packed agenda ahead. The junior is headed to Stanford on Monday, then making a trip to Ohio State this upcoming weekend and USC the following weekend.

Several factors will be on Allen's mind as he prepares to check out the three universities.

"I already know about the academics of the school; I'm definitely looking for high academic schools," he says. "Then, I just want to see how the campus is and talk to the coaches to see if I like the coaches and really just to get a feel for the schools."

When it comes to his ideal school, Allen has a clear list of criteria.

"My dream school would have to have great coaches," he states. "Coaching is very high on my list. I want to have great coaches that I can work well with and that will let me play to my full ability. Then, obviously I want high academics because I want to do something other than football in my life and be successful at it. Then, being able to compete for a National Championship; I want to play at the highest level of college football."

With a number of options already on the table, is anybody standing out?

"Not really at this point," he answers. "All equal right now; I'm keeping all of my options open."

When it comes to on-field skills, Allen tries to model his game after a certain role model of his.

"Aaron Rodgers," he says. "I'm more in the pocket, but I can still get out of the pocket and make plays, and I can make plays with my feet. I'm a smart player, that's how I like to play; smart."

Academically, the 6-foot-2, 195-pound athlete, reports a 3.95 GPA.


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