While the Oklahoma State Cowboys may have lost a major talent at quarterback with the transfer of Wes Lunt, Mike Gundy isn’t going to let that slow him down on the recruiting trail. The Cowboys have gone West and currently rank as the favorite for four-star pocket passer Kyle Allen out of Scottsdale, Arizona. Can OSU seal the deal for the talented signal caller?
They’ve already made quite an impression on the quarterback. Oklahoma State has long been Allen’s favorite thanks to their high-flying offensive attack. The consistent potency of the Cowboys’ in recent years has left its mark on Allen, who is rated as the No. 5 pocket passer in the 2014 class. He has shown a lot of interest in being the next big-armed quarterback to run that offense, though the Cowboys are far from alone in their interest.
Allen is receiving interest from top programs all over the country, including the Wisconsin Badgers, Ohio State Buckeyes, UCLA Bruins, Alabama Crimson Tide, Texas A&M Aggies and Notre Dame Fighting Irish to name a few. His production and ability to create by doing the little things in the pocket have made him a highly coveted target for just about every program with room for a quarterback in the next few years.
The local programs, however, could be the biggest roadblocks to getting Allen out of state as the Arizona Wildcats and Arizona State Sun Devils have recommitted to keeping local talent in the state under their new regimes. How those programs progress in year two of their new coaches will go a long way in determining how viable a threat they are to land Allen next winter.
For now, though, Gundy and the Cowboys are the front-runners for the young signal caller’s services at the next level. Will they show enough this fall to close the deal?