Texas A&M and Kevin Sumlin received a verbal commitment from four-star quarterback Kyle Allen (Scottsdale, Ariz. Desert Mountain) who chose the Aggies over offers from UCLA, Alabama, Ole Miss, Tennessee and others. He will have the opportunity to be the successor to Johnny Manziel in the quarterback-friendly offense in College Station.
The lure of playing in the SEC has been a significant recruiting pitch for the Aggies since moving out of the Big 12. That is evident by surging to the top of the recruiting class rankings, according to 247Sports following the commitment of Allen and last year’s top-10 class. If A&M was still in the Big 12 they may not get a commitment from Allen and he could have stayed on the West Coast, but players want to play in the SEC and that was clear with Allen’s decision.
Despite the success on the recruiting trail A&M needed a young quarterback in place after losing Justice Hansen (Edmond, Ok. Santa Fe), who committed to the Oklahoma Sooners this spring, and the uncertain future of 2013 signee Kohl Stewart.
The 6-3, 185-pound Allen, who visited for the Aggies’ spring game, has one of the smoother deliveries in this year’s class with a strong feel for the pocket according to his scouting report on 247sports. His 185-pound body will need to bulk up during his senior season, but he has the frame to support the additional bulk and could be above 200-pounds by the time he enrolls.
His decision to commit before the start of his senior season gives him the option of possibly being an early-enrollee which would be beneficial for his development and give him an inside track on replacing Manziel should the reigning Heisman winner declare for the NFL Draft after this season.
Allen is coming off of a junior season that saw him throw for 3,200 yards and 36 touchdowns.