Urban Meyer's search for a quarterback to bolster Ohio State's 2014 recruiting class took an unexpected turn Monday afternoon when 4-star prospect Kyle Allen verbally committed to Texas A&M. Allen made the surprising announcement via Twitter:
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
Allen, rated the No. 4 pro-style quarterback by 247Sports.com, was recruited by Meyer to be the Buckeyes' version of Alex Smith, whom Meyer coached during his stint at Utah. Allen is similar to Smith in that he's accurate, athletic and a natural leader, which are all traits Meyer looks for in his quarterbacks.
Holding offers from programs such as Alabama, Boise State, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma State and Tennessee, Allen was one of the most sought-after recruits in the country.
So why might his commitment to the Aggies be good news for Meyer and the Buckeyes?
Of all the quarterbacks on Ohio State's radar, 4-star Brandon Harris is the most natural fit to run Meyer's spread offense. Rated the top dual-threat quarterback by 247Sports.com, Harris has the speed to pose a threat in the running game and the arm strength to keep defenses from stacking the box in run support.
With both prospects considering a number of the same schools, there was a chance that Allen's decision would affect Harris' recruitment in a big way.
As it turns out, it did.
Moments after Allen announced his decision, though, Harris posted this classy update on Twitter:
Thank you Texas A&M fans and coachesyou were great!! twitter.com/bharrisqb1/sta…— B.Harris (@bharrisqb1) June 3, 2013
With A&M out of the picture, it could turn into a three-horse race between Alabama, LSU and Ohio State.
According to 247Sport.com's "Crystal Ball Predictions," Les Miles and the Tigers are the overwhelming favorite to land Harris, who lives about four hours north of the LSU campus in Bossier City, La. But following a tremendous visit to Columbus last weekend, it would be foolish to count out the Buckeyes, especially considering Meyer's track record on the recruiting trail.
Harris is set to make his decision on July 18 after visiting each of the schools he's considering. If the Buckeyes do land Harris, Ohio State fans can thank Allen for nudging him in their direction.
David Regimbal is the lead Ohio State football writer for Bleacher Report.
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