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Virtual tour leads to 'Cuse commit for Allen

5/31/2012

Quarterback Zach Allen (Temple, Texas/Temple) couldn’t visit Syracuse in person, so he did the next best thing.

He let Syracuse come to him.

Allen took a campus tour by way of video conferencing on Tuesday, which was enough for him to give the Orange a verbal commitment Wednesday evening. Allen became Syracuse’s fourth commitment of the 2013 recruiting class.

“I got on Skype yesterday, and that’s how I saw the campus,” Allen said. “I definitely wanted to see the campus before I committed. My family and I were going to go and visit, but we decided to just Skype it.

“After I Skyped, I fell in love with Syracuse University, so I decided to pull the trigger. Technology’s so advanced. You’ve got to love it.”

A 6-foot-3, 185-pound signal-caller, Allen chose Syracuse over offers from Texas State, UTSA, North Texas, New Mexico, Minnesota and Eastern Illinois. He also had interest from Oklahoma State, Baylor, Texas Tech and a couple other schools.

Allen was recruited by Syracuse offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett. He is the second quarterback of the Orange’s 2013 recruiting class.

“Syracuse is a great school, academically and athletically,” Allen said. “The main selling point to me was the coaching staff. Coach Hackett is great guy, and I think I can learn a lot from him and [head] Coach [Doug] Marrone.

“Syracuse was the first BCS school to offer me. I built a really strong connection with the coaches. I love being around Coach Hackett, and I really feel comfortable in being those guys for the next four or five years. That was a big part of my decision.”

A quarterback with 4.5-second speed in the 40-yard dash, Allen was a dual-threat option his junior season. He threw for more than 1,700 yards, rushed for nearly 800 yards and accounted for 20 touchdowns in 2011.

Allen said Syracuse fans can expect a player who will bring leadership to an offense. He also said fans of the Orange should expect him to be the ultimate competitor.

“The way I look at things, you’ve got to hate losing more than you like winning,” Allen said. “I feel I can bring leadership and competitiveness, and hopefully, I can take Syracuse to a conference championship and maybe even a national championship.”