Texas A&M's search for its quarterback of the future can finally come to a close.
Kyle Allen, the coveted 4-star recruit and the fifth-best pro-style quarterback prospect in 247Sports' composite rankings, took to Twitter to announce his decision to play for the Aggies starting with the 2014 season:
I will be playing my college football for Coach Sumlin at TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY!! GIG EM!! 🏈🏈 twitter.com/KyleAllen_10/s…— Kyle Allen (@KyleAllen_10) June 3, 2013
Like all early commitments, Allen's decision will not be made official until the national signing period begins. Football recruits can begin signing their letter of intent in February of 2014 and must fully commit by April.
Prior to committing, Allen took to Twitter to express his excitement heading into the announcement:
An ascending talent from Desert Mountain High School in Arizona, Allen is considered one of the more promising quarterbacks in his class. Though his rise has been something of a slow crescendo, Allen started by receiving offers mainly on the West Coast but finished his recruitment with over 20 offers from around the nation.
To put it mildly, the Aggies' coup will come as a massive disappointment to those schools.
In an era where more and more teams are looking for the dual-threat quarterback—the one considered a prototype for college football's increasing emphasis on the read-option—Allen is more of an old-school quarterback.
Don't mistake that for him being Carson Palmer in the pocket, though; the kid can still move. But Allen's elusiveness in the pocket is almost solely designed to give him extra time to pass rather than as an impending scrambling technique. He'll need refinement at the next level to continue evading pass-rushers, but his footwork was more than adequate for a high school senior.
Allen's true calling card is his Week 1-ready poise and decision-making in the pocket. He makes quick, smart decisions with the football and has the type of quick-strike delivery that atones for him not being Robert Griffin III in the open field.
Also equipped with a strong-enough arm (though not a howitzer), Allen can find open spots in the defense and hits his targets with accurate passes—sometimes through tough spots.
When Allen attended the Chicago NFTC, former NFL quarterback and current ESPN analyst Trent Dilfer could not stop raving about the young man. An Elite 11 invite, Dilfer said that Allen is one of the best kids to ever attend the camp, per ESPN's Tom VanHaaren (Insider membership required):
He's arguably the best we've seen all year. He is so refined, he's worked so hard over the process from when we saw him last year as a sophomore. You could see the physical gift, but he's worked hard in the weight room so he hast he right type of strength. His mind is very fast, very clean mechanically and I think the thing we love about him the most is that he can change quickly. You coach him on one thing and the next rep he changes it. In our three years of doing this, I would say he is in the argument of the best kids at this period that we've seen because of his ability to adapt and grow and change and see the big picture.
Dilfer's words of effusive praise are shared by many in the scouting community. 247Sports' composite rankings have him as the No. 1 prospect in the state of Arizona.
It remains unclear whether Allen can live up to those expectations, but he's expected to ascend, and fans won't want to wait long to see their next signal-caller in action.
If Allen's hype is justified, the next handful of years of offense will be awfully fun to watch at Texas A&M. That is, of course, after Johnny Manziel is all finished working his own magic in College Station.