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QB Austin Allen becoming popular

4/12/2012

Austin Allen (Fayetteville, Ark.) is emerging as one of the South’s top quarterback prospects. According to his coach, Daryl Patton teams like USF, Ole Miss, Illinois, Arkansas State, Arkansas, Vanderbilt, Tulsa and Auburn have all offered.

“Alabama called the other day,” coach Daryl Patton said. “So has Notre Dame. North Carolina, Maryland, Tennessee and Arizona State could all be close to offering him.”

Austin, 6-foot-2 and 215 pounds, threw for over 4,000 yards and 46 touchdowns last season, his first as a starter.

“He can make all the throws,” Patton said. “Austin has a great arm and is a real technician. Austin has very good footwork as well. You can tell his dad spent time with him. He’s football savvy and has terrific pocket presence.”

His brother, Brandon, is currently playing for the Razorbacks, while his father, Bobby, is the secondary coach at Arkansas.

“To come in after his brother this past year and do what he did was incredible,” Patton said. “No one thought he would play that way and lead us to a state championship.”

Allen is also considered one of the top baseball players in the state. He’s a second baseman.

“This is a grounded kid who has worked very hard,” Patton said. “He has said from day one that he will do what’s best for him. He’s open to looking at everyone. As soon as baseball season is over I think he will visit a bunch of schools.”