Top-Ranked QB Kyle Allen Makes His College Choice

By Jeremy Birmingham on June 3, 2013 at 4:00p

Kyle Allen has made his choice

And just like that, he was gone.

Offered a month ago by the Buckeyes, Scottsdale Desert Mountain QB Kyle Allen, the nation's top prep quarterback has committed to Texas A&M.

"It's just everything," Allen told Eleven Warriors by phone prior to announcing his decision. "I put it all together last night. I felt at home at A&M. Everything there fit and it seemed like a place where I can play early, play in the SEC, get a great education and have fun. A lot of people seem to forget that part of going to college is having fun."

Saying no to the Buckeyes was not easy for Allen, who had waited nearly a year for them to offer. When they did, it was just a bit too late to get back into the game.

"Calling Coach Herman was very difficult," Allen said. "I have a lot of respect for him and Ohio State and I appreciate their interest in me. Ohio State is a great school and I felt I owed it to them and the other players around the country to make my choice when I knew I was ready. It seemed like a lot of schools, and players, were waiting on me to decide. I woke up today and knew I was ready. I hope Ohio State is able to get a great player at the position."

With Allen now off the board, the Buckeyes will turn even harder to Brandon Harris, from Bossier City (La.), who visited campus this past weekend and participated in the Elite 11 competition at Ohio State. Harris had a good visit with Ohio State, and will announce his college choice on July 18th.




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jaxbuckeye's picture

He wasn't my top choice so I am good with it.  Good to know now.

jaxbuckeye's picture

I got down voted because I said he isn't my first choice?  Grow up.

d1145fresh's picture

I think is the first of many QB dominos to start falling. Best of luck to Kyle. 

USMC11917's picture

Ohh shame on you. Placing that OSU backdrop behind the picture of Allen before I got my heart broke reading the content. 

SilverBulletNYC's picture

Yay! My scenario is working out perfectly! Brandon Harris, come on down!!!

The South will NOT rise again!

jaxbuckeye's picture

This one is easy to see.  Allen to TAM, Harris to Bama, and Darlington to tOSU.

Triv's picture

Harris' decision comes down to OSU and LSU, mark it down. Bama will be getting David Cornwell more than likely, which will effectively eliminate Bama from contention for Harris as well

Sorry Urban, Woody is still my favorite

Optimistic Buckeye Pessimist's picture

I think he's all LSU IMO, but is currently doing his homework. He was twittering with Kyle Allen and after saying congrats, he said that they'd "square off."  Take it FWIW, but there's only one way we'd play TAMU. 

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DeepSouthBuckeye's picture

At least we can cross of TAMU for Brandon Harris. Looks like a two horse race with Bama and The Good Guys for his services now...

Loving all things Buckeye from SEC country in Alabama.

"How firm thy friendship....O-HI-O"

Unky Buck's picture

Maybe I missed it somewhere, and for how busy I've been that is completely possible, but wasn't it thought that he was going to be tough to get out from the LSU grasp? Being down south probably instantly puts Bama in the mix as well, but I always remember hearing him being an LSU lean...

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DeepSouthBuckeye's picture

Good catch. Not sure why I left them off.
3 horse race. And we can potentially scratch Bama off once Cornwell decides, making it once again a two horse race. :)

Loving all things Buckeye from SEC country in Alabama.

"How firm thy friendship....O-HI-O"

jaxbuckeye's picture

I want Darlington. (for QB, I mean)

45OH4IO's picture

I really want Darlington, too. Obviously, I trust the staff when they put Harris (and Allen) ahead of him. But I really enjoyed watching Darlington's highlight reel. The kid plays with an all-out reckless abandon and I love that!
It was really similar when Warren Ball and Dunn were being recruited. Everyone wanted Dunn and was fretting over his possible flip, but I was really excited by WB's commitment. I'm not sure which one will fare better in the end, but there are just certain recruits I get more excited about.
Good luck to Allen, though!

ATXbucknut's picture

"Everything there fit and it seemed like a place where I can play early, play in the SEC, get a great education and have fun. A lot of people seem to forget that part of going to college is having fun."

Whenever an A&M student mentions having fun, they are talking about making the 1 hour and 45 minute drive west to Austin to have fun.  
There is nothing -- *nothing* -- fun about College Station, TX.  It is the Texas equivalent to the Midwest town of Morgantown, WV.
Good luck to this kid, nevertheless.

Alice in Aggieland's picture

THIS. (Though in all fairness, College Station is probably more fun for 18-year-olds who like to drink illegally in the four-ish bars Northgate has to offer than for a 20-something graduate student.)

Buck_Michigan's picture

The other strange thing about his comment "....where I can play early"...Manziel has two more years at a minimum.  Miller is a junior and even if he stays his senior years it is the same time frame as A& I'm not a math major but I'm pretty sure 2 in Ohio is the same as 2 in Texas....just saying.

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blazers34's picture

Manziel can, and probably will leave after this season

SilverBulletNYC's picture

I think it's us and LSU for B. Harris. Bama gonna get Cornwell. So if Harris goes to LSU, it's Darlington for us. Not a bad backup plan if you ask me.

The South will NOT rise again!

Crimson's picture

Boo.  Wanted him in this class.
Obligatory good luck *tear*.

Knarcisi's picture

Even if we strike out with Harris and Darlington, we could offer Kizer as a "project".  Another year with Braxton, Barrett already in, Jones improving, and another swat at it next year ...
We'll have a strong QB one way or the other.  Hell, with the talent we have at WR, RB, and the Pivot, my fat, old butt might be able to make all B10!

ArizonaBuckeye's picture

Growing up in Ohio (now living in Phoenix the last five years) and playing/watching/coaching highly competitive high school football, I can assure you things are different here in the desert. This kids high school team Desert Mountain is good, however, D-1 ball out here is less competitive than the D-1 level talent this kid would've faced in OH, PA or some SEC states. Trust me, missing out on this kid is not a big deal, I promise you. Best of luck to him at A&M. Darlington is who we really need to land anyway.

"There's nothing that cleanses your soul like getting the hell kicked out of you." -Woody Hayes-

Northbrook's picture

Good luck to him. He should do well there. Hate seeing that "I Get To Play in the SEC" crap but until the other conferences show up it will be there. 

phxbuck's picture

First Winovich and now this, bad week. 

jaxbuckeye's picture

Since he plays the "playing in the SEC" card, thought I would share my response to the SEC homers on Bleacher Report.  "The ESS EEE CEE certainly proved that in the bowl games last year. I'm sure you remember Florida losing to Louisville, LSU losing to Clemson, and Miss St losing to Northwestern (a team that hadn't won a bowl game since the 60s). But take heart, Georgia did barely beat a Nebraska team that gave up 70+ to a six-loss Wisconsin team, South Carolina DID beat a mediocre Michigan team on a hail mary pass, Vandy beat a 7-5 NC St team, and Ole Miss did beat a 6-6 Pitt team. Plus, you had Arkansas, Auburn, Kentucky, Ole Miss, Missouri, and Tennessee....oh, wait.
Well, at least Texas A&M played well AND Bama won the NC. I guess since Bama won the title, by association we forget how much all those other teams (sans Texas A&M) sucked. Right?"

airborne082385's picture

Oh well I still have faith in JT.  He will have a year to rehab and learn the playbook & besides the kid played in some stiff competition in Texas H.S. football.  Best of luck to Mr. Allen!!

Jeremy Birmingham's picture

Harris just tweeted this - 

jaxbuckeye's picture

He needs to plug in his phone.

NoVA Buckeye's picture

At least the Pornhub tab isn't showing up in his phone

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

Jhesse17's picture

I'll take Brandon Harris por favor.

9Route's picture

I 'm wondering if this means WR Mark Andrews will likely be an Aggie too.

I'm just happy to be here

tdible2132's picture

I think it's definitely a possibility, but I would be kind of surprised to be honest.  I saw an interview recently with Kyle Allen, and he basically said it would be cool if they ended up at the same college, but that they weren't pushing each other to hard and that they were going to do what was best for themselves.  If that ended up being the same school then great, but they aren't going to make that a big factor in their recruitments.  When I saw that interview, I was thinking to myself the whole time "DEMARRE KITT NEEDS TO WATCH THIS" Lol.

jaxbuckeye's picture

I would be quite happy with Darlington or Harris.  Would also be OK with no QB.  Have a lot of faith in JT.

buckeyeguy0615's picture

If Braxton leaves after this year, and JT doesn't pan out, the staff doesn't want to eventually possibly have to put a freshman QB out there. That's why taking one in this class is great precaution.

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

Lets not overlook CJ.

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

BME_Buckeye's picture

Well he should be ready to go from the first snap seeing how he ain't come to play school. 

Look closely, because the closer you think you are, the less you will actually see.


tennbuckeye19's picture

FWIW: I noticed Jeremy has LSU as his Crystal Ball prediction for Brandon Harris as of today.

tdible2132's picture

No surprise there.  Folks shouldn't get their hopes up with Harris, as it would be a shocker if he chooses OSU IMO. 

MN Buckeye's picture

I am glad for Kyle.  He made the right decision for him, and he is a classy kid.
Now, I would love to see Harris suit up for the S&G.  He seems to have all the skills, and he is a class kid as well.  I was impressed with his interview.

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

Kind of surprising he committed so soon.

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

FROMTHE18's picture

well that was fast...amazed that TAMU is a destination for elite prospects... few years ago it was still Texas' little brother

Poison nuts's picture

Mr Harris, Mr. Darlington, we're waiting. Patiently. Sort of...

"Do not pass me, just slow down - I can move right through you" Superchunk - Precision Auto.

harleymanjax's picture

I think he knows he will get early playing time after Johnny Football gets ruled ineligible!

"Because I couldn't go for 3"

ColoradoBuck's picture

Bummer, thought we had a legitimate shot at Allen. Now I'm hoping Bama takes Cornwell and LSU takes Kizer, leaving us with Harris and Nebraska with Darlington. But if Harris ends up at LSU, I would gladly take Darlington.

blazers34's picture

Based off of his tweets, seems to me that Harris actually favored aTm. Maybe I'm crazy

theobi's picture

Looks like we will see Cornwell to Bama and Harris to LSU, leaving us and Nebraska to fight over Darlington. If we strike out on all of them though we could maybe get on Kizer, but I have to think we could get Darlington if we really put the full court press on him.

KBonay's picture

Optimistic Thought of the Day*
What IF Harris silent committed over weekend.  Which triggered Coach Herman to tell Allen we were no longer recruiting him, which in turn resulted in the quick commit of Allen to A&M?
*I am not a recruiting expert, nor did I stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night

Buckeyefan52's picture


What if they great Joe Bauserman was granted an extra few year of college eligibility, and therefore we are not taking a quarterback in this class. This caused Allen to commit to A&M and then Harris will soon commit to LSU.

jaxbuckeye's picture

IF that is what happened then you made an amazing deduction and need to repost this if that's what we find out.

coke's picture

I am a little relieved.  Allen might end up being a great college QB, but from what I read he is more of a pro-style QB and he does not fit in Meyer's scheme. 

tussey's picture

Well I am a little bummed and disappointed.  I thought that Allen was a great qb and would have been great to have in the class.  I think more so because it is possible that if we had entered the game earlier we might have gotten his commitment.  However I am not too worried about it, there are other great qbs (harris and darlington) that we still have a chance on landing that fit our system better. 

osu07asu10's picture

Kizer anyone?

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tennbuckeye19's picture

Only if Harris or Darlington don't commit to OSU.