Top-Ranked QB Kyle Allen Releases Top Five

By Jeremy Birmingham on May 28, 2013 at 3:14p
Kyle Allen uncorks a fastball in Chicago

Kyle Allen, one of the nation’s top-rated quarterbacks, has released his top five schools and the Buckeyes are where they want to be.

A regular name around these parts and much of the internet since his recruitment went “up a notch” three weeks ago when he received offers from Notre Dame, Ohio State and Alabama, and many have speculated that those three schools would make the final group for the talented 6-foot-4 signal-caller from Phoenix (Ariz.) Desert Mountain High School.

Eleven Warriors talked with Allen, the holder of 20-plus scholarships, about his final list and what makes each school unique prior to his public release via Twitter. Here are the final five schools, in his words and in alphabetical order, that have made the cut for one of the nation's best.


“Notre Dame is unique, because it’s a national power football-wise, with a top ten world school. It’s a great mix of academics and athletics, and there are also very great people there.”


“Ohio state is Ohio State (laughs). It’s a great campus with awesome alumni, and a great coaching staff. There is a lot of support from everyone around the university and a great chance to make it to the NFL, as you see with Meyers track record with quarterbacks.”

Kyle Allen will make one of his final five teams very happy.The nation's top QB names a top five.


“Oklahoma State has unbelievable facilities and so much support from alumni and fans. They have a very quarterback friendly offense. The new OC (Mike Yurcich) is a bit unknown but will he will be soon because he is one of the smartest guys I've met. (Coach Mike) Gundy is a players coach too.”


“Texas A&M is another place with awesome facilities. They have a great coaching staff with Kevin Sumlin and (QB coach) Jake Spavital. There are great people and awesome support, and they are really on the rise and have a great recruiting base. Plus, I’d be playing SEC football.”


“UCLA is another place like Notre Dame, because of the education and football. I feel like they too are really on the rise because of the amazing people. Coach Mora is a great dude very family oriented and the other coaches are great. They have an amazing campus too.”

Now that the schools are in order, Allen will set up plans for what should be the last trips he makes as an uncommitted prospect. As we first reported two weeks ago, he is scheduled to make a trip to South Bend and check out Notre Dame’s campus for the first time on June 10th - 11th. The good news for Ohio State fans is that he’s now finalized plans for his return trip to Columbus, where he camped last June.

“I’ll back at Ohio State June 21st-23rd,” Allen told Eleven Warriors. “We have planned it already.”

What that means is two-fold for the Buckeyes as it pertains to Allen’s future. First, it means Ohio State will have an important second chance at impressing a player who was solidly interested in committing to the Buckeyes last summer. While he’s been on campus previously, this will be Ohio State being able to focus solely on Allen, not 900-some kids there for a two-day camp, and that means Urban Meyer and Tom Herman can reiterate to Allen how important he is to their future plans. They can show him how and where he can be used in an offense that most will tell him “isn’t designed for him.”

Second, and perhaps most importantly, is that Allen hopes to have his recruiting finished by the time he heads to the Elite 11 Championship, which takes place June 28th. Ohio State will likely get the final visit, which is a nice opportunity to make a final impression and presentation. After this month is done, the Arizona teenager wants to focus on exactly that.

“Once I am done with all this, I can focus on two things,” he added. “Helping recruit my class and enjoying my last high school summer.”


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FROMTHE18's picture

wonder what our chances with him are...

Jeremy Birmingham's picture

At the risk of being "that guy," I'd say the odds are 20-percent. :)

tennbuckeye19's picture

I personally like how Notre Dame has an 80% chance of not landing him...

huber57's picture

I personally like how TTUN has 0% of landing him.

Why does Dublin have so many round-abouts? Because everyone in Dublin thinks they have the right-of-way.

NoVA Buckeye's picture

I don't like those odds. I LOVE them.

The offseason begins when your season ends. Even then there are no days off.

tdible2132's picture

Haven't you heard?  They actually don't need any more players because Jabrill Peppers is going to player all 22 positions on offense and defense.  I heard he's even going to kick and punt.  

buck-I.8's picture

At risk of being "that other guy", I'd say that odds aren't described by percentage.
Thus, your odds would be 4/1.

Triv's picture

This is the type of comment I've come to expect and enjoy from you in my year and a bit here, Buck I.8

Sorry Urban, Woody is still my favorite

sfgoody's picture

I don't really disagree, but how would you handicap it then? I mean if we miss on Allen where do you place our odds on Harris and Darlington? Interesting that Darlington may be visiting the same weekend as Allen. VERY interesting. I think Darlington has the best shot to land here.


SilverBulletNYC's picture

I got a feeling its either UCLA or Notre Dame. 

The South will NOT rise again!

andyb's picture

These comments always perk my interest...why do you have that feeling?

Becool12's picture

I think it will really come down to OSU, UCLA, and Notre Dame. I'm really surprised to not see Bama after everything I read. 

Hovenaut's picture

All good.

Et tu, Darlington?

redfox's picture

I think he will end up at UCLA IMO.

DefendYoungstown's picture

Would be a huge waste of talent on his part, we all know UCLA isn't going anywhere anytime soon.

What we can't do in the air we'll do on the ground.

703Buckeye's picture

You need to go back and watch some UCLA games. They are already the best team in LA and may soon be the best team in the PAC-12. Mora is doing good things in Westwood.

"Attack the Strong, Trample the Weak, Hurdle the Dead!"
-Former OSU S&C Coach Lichter

WC Buckeye's picture

I think the proximity to home is in their favor, and the staff that Mora's put together (along with getting someone like this kid and perhaps a few more that he can help recruit) could change the picture pretty dramatically. I like UCLA better than the University of Spoiled Children, too, so I am in favor of anything they can do to tweak SC's nose.

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Buckeye Chuck's picture

Kind of a curious list. When was the last time a QB of that caliber had UCLA as a finalist but not USC? Or the other OSU but not Oklahoma?
I like that we're not competing with anyone in-state for the young man. My guess is that concern about the offense we run is going to be a problem for him in the final analysis, but he knows about that already and put us in his top five anyway, so that's a good sign.

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buck-I.8's picture

1. USC A. is located in a shithole and B. has an insane coach. 
2. Oklahoma and OkSU both offer good programs but Bob Stoops is (see 1B.)

NoVA Buckeye's picture

The point is that in the past ten years, given recent success of the programs (minus USC during first and last years w/ Barkley), you wouldn't think that. The universe can flip very quickly.

The offseason begins when your season ends. Even then there are no days off.

LadyBuck's picture

I find it curious that 'bama isn't in this line up. Otherwise, go Bucks! Lets see if Urbz will work his magic.

Jeremy Birmingham's picture

Bama got in pretty late to the contest and has very good depth at QB. Allen's looking for a place that he can have a good chance to play early and in a system that highlights the QB. That's why you see schools like Oklahoma State and UCLA still there. He was signed, sealed and delivered essentially to UCLA before the Ohio State and Notre Dame offers.

Nick's picture

We are in on 4 really good QBs and would be happy with any of them.

Shock-G's picture

I'd love to land this kid ... the visit really puts in a nice place in terms of our chances but I just don't see him coming to Columbus. 
Call me crazy but with Braxton likely here another season, Jones behind him, and Barrett already on campus I am not opposed to the idea of getting Kizer from Toledo CCHS (if the ship hasn't already sailed and an offer actually happens). I know some think he's a project but the kid can ball and doesn't HAVE to see the field right away. 
Obviously Allen is the top choice ... just my two cents on the QB situation. 

I wanna go back to Ohio State ... 

tdible2132's picture

I think it will be interesting to see not only how Kyle Allen's visit goes but also Brandon Harris this upcoming weekend is visiting.  I'm pretty excited to see if anything develops on that front, as I'd love to have either one of them and it's great that we are at least getting a visit soon from both of them.  I agree about Kizer in the sense that if our other options fall through, he'd be a solid option.  I'm not sure Kizer gets the nod over Zack Darlington though.  Should be interesting to see how the whole QB situation works itself out for this class.

Citrus's picture

With the way Urbz is stacking up at RB, tOSU could very well become a QBs dream. QB doesn't have to be a speedster, just keep em honest. With the Buckeye ability to pound the rock, QBs will have plenty  of chances to pick apart defenses. 

cplunk's picture

I think its UCLA or Notre Dame, with Texas A&M as the darkhorse surprise candidate.
I'd love to get him, and I don't underestimate Urbs and the staff when it comes to recruiting, but I think we're a longshot. Hopefully I'm wrong.

ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

I think it all depends on what he values most.  If it's great academics, it'll probably come down to Notre Dame and UCLA.  The perception of OSU academically would have them further behind Notre Dame and UCLA than what they really are.  Notice how he talks about the academics of ND and UCLA but not A&M or either OSU.
If he wants to win championships, play on a big stage, and get to the league, then it's OSU.  Texas A&M a fairly close 2nd. 
Sorry other OSU.  Though he would work nicely in their system. 

Class of 2010.

gobucks96's picture

I'll be THAT guy and I'll say I like where we stand with him..

OSUs12-OH's picture

UCLA or OSU IMO. I like our chances (LMAO @ Jeremy for being that guy btw) but UCLA has a much better depth chart at QB than OSU does.  May be ND if Golson doesn't come back.  However if he does that's another sophomore to compete with that has a good track record (at least on the field anyway;-)

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2014nationalchamps's picture

i hope its OSU, but I got a bad feeling it is going to be Notre Dame.

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