Scottsdale Desert Mountain junior Kyle Allen blew it up on the national football recruiting scene after his impressive performance Sunday in the Southern California Nike Football Training Camp, where he was named the quarterback MVP.
Scout.com moved Allen up as the No. 1 quarterback in the 2014 class and 21st overall player in the country after Sunday’s performance.
Allen was on target with his throws Sunday a day after competing in the Rivals Camp Series presented by Under Armour on Saturday at Chandler Hamilton, where he also stood out.
“He was fired up,” Mike Allen said of his son going out on Sunday and throwing with some of the best in the West. “He was not going to be denied.”
Allen, 6-foot-3, 192 pounds, isn’t letting the ranking go to his head.
“I look at it as showing what I have to do,” Allen said. “I’m going to work harder now that I’m on top. It’s just a ranking.”
Allen, motivated by the competition, has a chance to be part of Nike’s The Opening this summer in Oregon. Only about six quarterbacks get invited to that. He said he will compete in an Elite 11 regional quarterback camp May 3 in Illinois. He could reach the final of that in July.
“I was competing against the best and showing what I have,” Allen said. “Some people don’t come to Arizona. Nobody knows what football people are like in Arizona. I want to show on a national level what I can do.”
Scout.com’s Director of Scouting Scott Kennedy told Fox Sports/Scout.com national recruiting analyst Greg Biggins: “After watching Kyle in person (Sunday), and after having already liked him on film, he’s my top quarterback in the country. Honestly, he’s as good a passing quarterback prospect as I can remember since Matt Barkley. He has better mobility, a quicker release, probably a stronger arm, and is just as accurate as Max Browne, our top QB last year. He’s farther ahead of Jeff Driskel, our top QB in 2011, in the mental aspects of the game and is on a different level than Gunner Kiel (2012) and Jake Heaps (2010). That brings me to Barkley and that’s where I have doubts about who I would take but I don’t think it’s a stretch to say Allen is the best quarterback I’ve scouted in the last five years.”
Biggins added this in his write-up: “Allen’s rise up the charts wasn’t based solely on his NIKE Camp performance, he shows up very well on film. At 6-3, 192 pounds, Allen has a solid frame, a very live arm and can make big throws in and out of the pocket. He can throw with touch when he needs to do, is very accurate and is an above average athlete for the position as well.”
This is heady stuff, but his father keeps reminding Allen to stay humble and hungry.
Quarterback coach Dennis Gile, who has worked with Allen for two years, is not surprised by the ranking.
“He works hard,” Gile said. “He has it all. He’s intelligent. He’s got good footwork, size, arm strength, touch. He is the total package.”