He currently holds seven BCS-level scholarship offers and just finalized a trio of unofficial visits for the fall, but Scottsdale (Ariz.) Desert Mountain High School quarterback Kyle Allen feels as though this is all just the start of what will be a hectic ride. He's absolutely right.
The class of 2014 prospect has been on the radar of college coaches for some time. His first offer seems like it came in ages ago. So as he prepares to play his junior season, suitors are likely to keep piling up in front of him. Overwhelming? Maybe so. But there are certainly worse situations.
"The newest interest is probably Cal," Allen said on Tuesday. "They said they pretty much want to offer me, but they want to get some time and look at some more film. It's not an official offer yet, but they told me they wanted to."
If the Golden Bears do decide to pull the trigger, they'll join such schools as Arizona State, Arizona, Boise State and UCLA as early entrees. Allen names no favorites at this stage, but he's ready to take a closer look at his options.
A visit to UCLA will take place on Sept. 8. Allen will tour Oklahoma State on Sept. 29 and check out Ohio State on Oct. 6. He finalized his itinerary this week in an effort to clear his mind before the start of the upcoming season, a year that expects to see the 6-foot-2 prospect transform into a legitmate commodity.
"I know the quarterback at Texas (Connor Brewer)," Allen said. "He played down here. I've been talking to him. He says that Texas is kind of looking at me because they asked him about me, but they are recruiting later on the 2014 class."
UCLA, Ohio State and Oklahoma State stay in closest contact with the Arizona-based quarterback, but Allen says that doesn't qualify those schools as "favorites" per se. He swears he doesn't have any of those.
But does the group of schools already courting him have an edge over programs that will surely get involved as his junior season progresses?
"It's nice that they are interested already and talking to me now, but it doesn't really matter because I'm not going to make my decision anytime soon," he said.
Allen's Desert Mountain team opens its season on Aug. 24.