Phoenix Brophy Prep senior wide receiver Devon Allen chooses Oregon

Phoenix Brophy Prep senior wide receiver Devon Allen chooses Oregon


Phoenix Brophy Prep senior wide receiver Devon Allen chooses Oregon


There was no news conference. No big selection show to be streamlined. Even his high school coach and quarterback seemed surprised by the news.

Phoenix Brophy Prep senior wide receiver Devon Allen let a national recruiting site know Friday that he committed to play football and run track at the University of Oregon.

Allen, 6-foot-1, 190 pounds, later confirmed the commitment through a text message with a simple, “Yes” when asked if he committed.

Brophy coach Scooter Molander said he didn’t know Allen had committed until informed this afternoon by a reporter.

Quarterback Tyler Bruggman, who committed to Washington State last summer, said he saw Allen at school in the morning, but Allen didn’t mention he was going to commit to Oregon.

“He doesn’t say too much about recruiting,” Bruggman said.

Allen’s dad, Lou, didn’t return a phone message. Late Friday afternoon, Lou Allen posted on his Facebook page, “QUACK.”

Earlier in the week, after new Oregon football coach Mark Helfrich extended a scholarship offer to Allen, Lou Allen said, “It complicates things.”

Allen had gone on an official track and field recruiting visit to Oregon last month, when Allen also met with then football coach Chip Kelly. But this was the first time Oregon football offered.

Allen had lined up his last football recruiting trip to Arkansas for Feb. 1. He had been also favoring UCLA, to which Tempe Marcos de Niza defensive back Priest Willis committed Wednesday night at a news conference that was streamlined.

Allen, azcentral sports’ Boys Athlete of the Year last track season when he set state records in both the 110-meter high hurdles and 300 hurdles, said in a text, “An opportunity at both,” meaning he will play football and run track at Oregon.

He acknowleged in a text that Oregon went straight to the top once the football offer came on Tuesday.

Willis and Allen are azcentral sports’ top two football recruits in Arizona for the 2013 class.

Allen, who suffered a high ankle sprain in the first round of the Division I state playoffs, had 43 catches for 749 yards and nine touchdowns last season.

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