Ohio State the Favorite to Land Top Quarterback Prospect Kyle Allen?

Austin Kemp@@Theaustinator_1Analyst IMay 2, 2013

EAST LANSING, MI - SEPTEMBER 29:  Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks on while playing the Michigan State Spartans at Spartan Stadium on September 29, 2012 in East Lansing, Michigan. Ohio State won the game 17-16. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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Scout.com’s No. 1 quarterback prospect, Kyle Allen, was offered by the Ohio State Buckeyes Wednesday afternoon.

Allen is a 6’3", 195-pound athlete from Scottsdale, Arizona, who is a polished passer and mobile enough to be a star in Urban Meyer’s offense. 

With Ohio State recruiting current teammate Mark Andrews, a receiver, Allen's recruitment should start to get extremely interesting as the Buckeyes are a little late to the party but definitely among the front-runners.

ElevenWarriors caught up with Allen after the offer and this is what he had to say: 

"I just got off the phone with Coach Meyer; ... This is huge for me."

There’s no doubt Allen has an interest in Ohio State as he was there last summer for the Friday Night Lights showcase that was put on in Ohio Stadium.  It would be huge for Urban Meyer to get him on campus for another visit, if that’s the case, it’ll be telling what Allen’s intentions are. 

“...I've got a lot of great opportunities around the nation, but the Buckeyes are up at the top of my list. I will make sure to visit them again now,”  Allen also told ElevenWarriors.  

When watching his film, the precision is there.  One of the most accurate QBs in this class, the only question regarding his throwing would be his overall arm strength.  In a system like Meyer’s, though, you’re not asked to throw balls 60 yards downfield.  It’s all about being accurate and getting the ball to your playmakers, which Kyle Allen can obviously do.  

Which past Urban Meyer quarterback does he compare to?  Some would venture to guess John Brantley, but Brantley didn’t have the mobility of Kyle Allen.  Meyer himself said that Allen could be a player like former Utah QB Alex Smith.

 

Kyle Allen said Urban Meyer told him he wants an Alex Smith type QB to run his offense. Some great quotes here. es.pn/18riUkH

— ESPNBuckeyes (@ESPNBuckeyes) May 2, 2013

 

There’s no set date for a decision just yet, and that definitely favors the Buckeyes in this recruiting battle.  The longer a decision is carried out, the more time coach Meyer and his staff have a chance to sway Kyle Allen over to the scarlet and grey.  

With Deshaun Watson reaffirming his commitment to Clemson, the Buckeyes have moved on and have found their target.

Watch Kyle Allen's junior highlights here.