Allen sees a good fit at ASU

Allen sees a good fit at ASU

Kyle Allen's potential was quite evident as a sophomore and led to several schools offering the 2014 prospect last summer. A strong junior campaign by the Scottsdale Desert Mountain signal caller, enhanced his stock that much more. Arizona State has naturally keeping a close eye on this local phenom who visited Tempe for the school's Junior day event on Saturday.

Due to the fact that was taking his SAT test earlier in the day, Allen wasn't able to partake in all of Saturday's activities. Nonetheless, spending a couple hours at Arizona State was according to the quarterback a productive use of his time.

"I spent all my time talking to Coach Norvell and Coach Graham," Allen said. "Coach Norvell told me that all throughout the recruiting process he really liked what he has seen from me and really wants me as his quarterback. He's recruiting me hard and thinks that I'm prefect for what he's trying to do with the offense.

"He's a great coach and I respect him a lot. I know that he would have my back if I went there."

The 6-2 200-pound Kyle Allen completed 72 percent of his passes in his junior year, for 3,119 yards, 36 touchdowns and seven interceptions. The four-star prospect is ranked by Scout.com no. 4 among all 2014 signal callers.

"Coach Norvell said that my mind and ability to read defenses is the best he has seen from any quarterback in my class," Allen described. "He asked me what the best part of my game was and I said: ‘my mind.' And he said that me and the other quarterback in took in the last class (Josh Dobbs) are the only two quarterbacks that have said that to him.

"So that's the part of my game he likes the best. I definitely think that accuracy and arm strength are two of my other best skills. I feel that I can put the ball where I want it pretty much on every single play. I feel that I got a lot better in these areas. I want to get stronger and faster in the off-season because I want to have better size and better speed."

As the Scottsdale quarterback watched ASU games both in-person and on TV, he couldn't help but notice some aspects that have caught his attention.

"It's an offense where the quarterback always has the option to pass or run," Allen explained. "It's all based on your reads and reacting to what the linebackers do."

When talking to the Sun Devils' Head Coach, Allen said that Todd Graham reiterated the program's desire to have him join the ranks.

"Coach Graham told me that I have the ‘it' factor that most quarterbacks don't have," Allen remarked. "He likes my drive and the passion I have. As a defensive coach, he said that to have a good defense you have to have a good quarterback to practice against and he really likes me as a quarterback. He said that he wants to have the best defense in the country and that I can help him do that. He said that he will put his job in my hands.

"We talked a lot about the Barrett Honors College, which is one of the top Honors Colleges in the nation and rivals some of the Ivy League schools. Having a school with such great education and close to home would be awesome to go to."

As you would expect from a prospect of his caliber, Allen's offer sheet is quite impressive with offers from schools such as Arizona, Boise State, North Carolina, Oklahoma State, Oregon State and UCLA among others. The Desert Mountain standout is content to just sit back at this time and continue to evaluate all the options in front of him.

"I'm just going to try and have fun with the recruiting process," Allen said, "let everything play out and not let it get the best of me. It's been a long and fun process so far and it's been great talking to so many coaches who know so much about football."

Allen knows that quarterbacks are more likely than other positions to commit prior to their senior year, and appears prepared to make a decision in the next four or so months.

"I want to commit early so I can help recruit the rest of the class for my school," Allen noted. "I don't feel that I have to commit really early but it (the time frame) is something I'm aware of."

Arizona, UCLA and Oklahoma State are currently the only unofficial visits Allen plans to take in the upcoming weeks. Ohio State is another probable destination for a trip.

Another reason Allen is inclined not to drag out his recruiting is to help the Wolves improve on their 9-3 season.

"We did really well and did step it up from previous years where we were 0-10 and 4-6," Allen said. "But I think what hurt us was that we didn't have all our players in line working hard in the off-season. So this year we are going to be more focused."

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