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Tuesday, May 28, 2013
QB Kyle Allen breaks down final five

By Erik McKinney

And then there were five for ESPN 150 quarterback Kyle Allen (Scottsdale, Ariz./Desert Mountain).

On Tuesday, the 6-foot-3, 197-pound quarterback trimmed his lengthy list of offers to a more manageable number. The nation's No. 128 overall player and No. 5 pocket passer announced on Twitter that his final five schools are Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma State, Texas A&M and UCLA.

When reached via text message, Allen broke down each of his finalists:

On Notre Dame: “Notre Dame is unique because it’s a national power, with a top ten world school -- great mix of the two. Also, very great people there.

On Ohio State: “Ohio State is Ohio State. Great campus, awesome alumni and a great coaching staff. Lots of support from everyone around the university and a great chance to make it to the NFL, as you see with [Urban] Meyer's track record with QBs."

On Oklahoma State: “Unbelievable facilities. So much support from alumni and fans. And a QB friendly offense. The new OC (Mike Yurcich) is unknown but will be known seen because he is one of the smartest guys I've met. [Mike] Gundy is a player's coach, too."

On Texas A&M: “Another place with awesome facilities. Great coaching staff with [Kevin] Sumlin and [QB coach Jake] Spavital. Another place with great people and awesome support. Really on the rise and have a great recruiting base. Also would be playing SEC football."

On UCLA: “UCLA is another [Notre Dame]-type school as in education and football. Another school on the rise. Amazing people. Coaches are great. Coach [Jim] Mora is a great dude, very family oriented. The Mazzones are very smart guys. Amazing campus too."

It's a disappointing result for Arizona State, which put on a full-court press to keep the standout quarterback at home, but couldn't land a spot in the final five.

Allen has long been active in the recruiting process. He understood the pressure that can be placed on a quarterback to make an early decision and he wanted to be ready to do exactly that, and finish the process before the start of his senior season.

Last year, Allen took unofficial visits to Duke, North Carolina, Ohio State, Stanford, UCLA and USC. He tripped to Oklahoma State and Texas A&M this spring and will visit Notre Dame in June. He also has a return trip to Ohio State planned for June 21.

While he did his best to prepare for the attention that would come with the recruiting process, it still took its toll and forced Allen to trim his list at this point, with a commitment coming perhaps in the next month or so.

Allen has been impressive this spring, taking home quarterback MVP honors at the Los Angeles and Chicago Nike camps, as well as an Elite 11 finals invitation. This list from Allen could begin to shake loose some of the quarterback recruiting in the West, as several signal-callers, including Manny Wilkins (San Marin, Calif./Novato) had been told by coaches that they want to see where Allen is headed before moving on to another quarterback. It's likely not a coincidence that Wilkins received an offer from Arizona State this past Sunday.

During his junior season, Allen completed 72 percent of his passes for 3,119 yards and 36 touchdowns against seven interceptions.