Kyle Allen Commits to Texas A&M: Where Notre Dame, UCLA Turn After Missing QB

Andrew KulhaSenior Analyst IIIJune 3, 2013

Notre Dame QB Malik Zaire
Notre Dame QB Malik Zaire

Kyle Allen, 4-star quarterback recruit from Scottsdale, Ariz., has decided to put himself in a position to one day attempt to fill the shoes of Johnny Manziel.

He has committed to Texas A&M, per multiple reports. Here's Allen on Twitter announcing his decision.

I will be playing my college football for Coach Sumlin at TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY!! GIG EM!! 🏈🏈…

— Kyle Allen (@KyleAllen_10) June 3, 2013

This is huge news for the Aggies, considering they just picked up a commitment from the No. 5 pro-style quarterback in the nation, according to the 247Sports Composite. The news isn't as good for Notre Dame or UCLA, who were both in the running for the 4-star quarterback.

Where does each program turn now?

For Notre Dame, this shouldn't be looked at as a huge swing and miss.

The Fighting Irish's quarterback of the future is wearing a red No. 8 jersey right now. His name is Malik Ziare. He's an early enrollee freshman quarterback with unlimited potential in Notre Dame's scheme.

Zaire is technically a dual-threat quarterback, according to 247Sports, but he has a fluid throwing motion and a cannon for an arm. He'll be able to make all the throws eventually asked of him, while also being able to take off and pick up huge chunks of yardage.

Landing Allen would have been nice for insurance and could have sparked some competition at quarterback, but this isn't a loss for the Fighting Irish.

Backups are important, though, so look for Brandon Dawkins to become a major target for Notre Dame.

He's a 3-star dual-threat quarterback ranked No. 10 at the position, according to the 247Sports Composite. 93 percent of experts on his 247Sports Crystal Ball believe he'll end up at Notre Dame, and the Fighting Irish have made him an offer, per 247Sports. Note: According to a recent article from Chris Swanson of, Dawkins has expressed that he's prepared to make a commitment to Notre Dame.

For UCLA, life is good so long as Brett Hundley is quarterback. The Bruins also landed Asiantii Wouldard last cycle, who's the No. 1 dual-threat quarterback, according to the 247Sports Composite. He should end up being Hundley's eventual replacement.

Jim Mora and his staff have nothing to worry about at quarterback. It would make sense if they turned their attention elsewhere. UCLA is on the respective 247Sports interest lists of recruits such as 4-star tight end Bryce Dixon (leader) and 4-star strong-side defensive end Malik Dorton (leader), among others.

Missing out on a top recruit is never a great thing, but for UCLA and Notre Dame, this won't be a huge deal.

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