Kyle Allen is a big-time 2014 quarterback recruit and he has offers from all over the Pac-12 and Big 12, but the talented signal caller just recently picked up an extremely interesting offer from one of the hottest SEC schools in the country: Texas A&M.
The Aggies had a brilliant 2013 recruiting cycle that was coupled up with a great year on the field, and the end result is that Texas A&M is arguably one of the most hyped up programs in the country right now.
Throw in a great young coach in Kevin Sumlin and a Heisman trophy-winning freshman quarterback in Johnny Manziel, and it looks like the Aggies hype is here to stay.
Jeff Tarpley of AggieYell.com is reporting that the Aggies have become the next on a growing list of teams to have offered the 4-star quarterback. Interestingly enough, Allen has already visited A&M once, per Tarpley's report:
Ironically enough, Allen is one out of state prospect who actually knows a little bit about A&M and its traditions. He and his father visited College Station for the Aggies' game with Kansas (a 61-7 win) in November 2011 without an invitation from the A&M staff.
"I know all about the tradition and awesome fans," he said. "We just went to a game because my dad had been to one and he said that it was awesome to see a game there. It was a blowout but it was still fun."
What was the best part?
"The fans," he replied. "They were awesome people."
It seems as if Allen has already developed a slight affinity for Texas A&M, and that's big on the recruiting trail. Combine that with the Aggies natural draw for a quarterback (Sumlin's version of the spread offense, playing in the SEC and the plethora of talented wide receivers that the Aggies will have to offer a quarterback) and Texas A&M should feel good about where they stand with Allen.
There's also the fact that Jameill Showers is no longer with the Aggies (he just transferred to UTEP). That opens up a bit more room on the depth chart to the point where Allen can realistically think about coming in, redshirting, and putting himself in a great position to be "the guy" to lead the program once Manziel moves on.
All of that said, Allen did say that UCLA and Arizona State are recruiting him the hardest (per Tarpley), and he is from Scottsdale, Arizona so the Sun Devils do have a notable "home state advantage" with him.
Which conference will Allen end up in?
Frankly and realistically, Texas A&M has somewhat of an uphill road to climb. There's still plenty of time for things to shake up, but for now it looks like UCLA and Arizona State are making an early impression with Allen. It's also worth noting that Arizona, Oklahoma State, West Virginia, California and Ohio State are all also listed as "warm interests" his 247Sports interest list, along with the Sun Devils and Bruins.
For all intents and purposes, Allen seems like a recruit who will end up in either the Pac-12 or the Big 12, but every recruiting process starts somewhere. For the Aggies and Allen, it started with this recent offer. Where it will go from here is anybody's guess, but at least the process has started.
Will Texas A&M be able to out-recruit the field for 2014's No. 6 pro-style quarterback (247Sports Composite)?
At this point, it's impossible to know, but at least the Aggies are giving themselves a chance.