Wednesday, May 1, 2013
OSU finally offers another quarterback
By Brad Bournival
It took 291 days, but it finally happened.
Ohio State pulled the trigger on another quarterback from the Class of 2014.
After offering ESPN 150 Deshaun Watson (Gainesville, Ga./Gainesville) on July 14, the Buckeyes seemingly went into hiding in offering another quarterback.
Now there’s a second and his name is Kyle Allen (Scottsdale, Ariz./Desert Mountain), an ESPN 150 member ranked 128th overall and fifth at his position.
Allen picked up the Buckeyes' offer after working out for Ohio State offensive coordinator Tom Herman on Tuesday. The 6-foot-2, 192-pound Allen was the second stop on a whirlwind quarterback tour for Herman, who saw Brandon Harris (Bossier City, La./Parkway) on Monday and Zack Darlington (Apopka, Fla./Apopka) on Wednesday.
Allen had camped with the Buckeyes last June and showed well. They liked what they saw last summer in the budding star, but wanted him to work on some things before reassessing the situation.
Apparently Ohio State saw enough as the offer went out to the Wolves standout.
“I know they did their homework and researched the guy they want,” Allen said. “They told me back in spring ball I’m an offerable guy, but they wanted to do their homework and find their guy. Coach Herman saw me throw for the first time since last spring and he said I made leaps and bounds in terms of improvement and he was impressed.”
Last year, Allen came into his own with an incredible season that saw him go 202-of-280 for 3,119 yards and 36 touchdowns with seven interceptions.
Allen is a bit of a break from the norm, however, as he carried the ball just 65 times last season for 115 yards in 12 games.
“That’s one of the biggest misconceptions,” Allen said. “I talked to Coach [Urban] Meyer for about 20 minutes and he said that’s just the guys they have. They went out looking for the next Braxton Miller, but sat down and said, ‘Is this what we really want?’ On the phone today, he said he wants a guy like he had in Alex Smith. He wants a guy that’s more of a passer first, more of a reader first. He wants an NFL style quarterback with a big arm to make the big throws.”
Of interest as well is the fact his teammate is tight end/wide receiver Mark Andrews, who is very high on the Buckeyes after a season where he had 81 catches for 1,494 yards and 22 touchdowns.
“The way we feel about it is we are going to look at schools separately and find the match for us,” Allen said. “If it works out that we both feel the exact same way about a school then we’ll commit together. If it happens, it’ll be amazing. We’ll have four years of chemistry under our belts. We’ll find the fit that’s perfect for us.”
Allen has offers from Alabama, Arizona, Arizona State, Boise State, Colorado State, Duke, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, Texas A&M, UCLA and Washington.