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Allen living life on the road

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Just reading the offer list belonging to Scottsdale (Ariz.) Desert Mountain quarterback Kyle Allen is enough to exhaust some elderly people.
Fourteen schools have already invited the four-star junior to play football. And while Allen may not get to the campus of every interested school, he's well on his way to dropping in on most of them.
Most recently, it was a trip to Texas A&M. Allen, flanked by his father and brother, made the journey to College Station last weekend. The Aggie program was one that Allen knew little about prior to the trip. Now days, though, he's becoming more familiar.
"The trip to A&M was really awesome," Allen said. "I had a lot of fun. I met with Coach [Kevin] Sumlin for 20 or 30 minutes. He's an awesome coach. We talked ball for a while. I feel like I could fit good there. It's really just a great place. They have awesome facilities. They have awesome people in the town, too."
Allen isn't naming leaders yet. In fact, he's far from it. The No. 4 pro-style quarterback in America is slow-playing the ordeal and says he won't debut a list of favorites until he wraps up all of his unofficial visits.
Next on the exploration tour? Oklahoma State, which he'll check out this weekend.
The Cowboys will enter the weekend trip with a blank slate of sorts. In essence, this will represent the program's first impression on the touted quarterback it's trying to woo.
"I really don't know that much about them," Allen said of the Cowboys. "They were the second school to offer me, and I've talked to Coach [Kasey] Dunn a lot. I really just want to get up there. I heard it's an awesome place. I'm really interested in it. Me and my dad are just going to head out there and learn more about it. "
Allen will hit UCLA and Wisconsin in back-to-back weekends following his Oklahoma State visit. He's already a familiar face in Westwood, where he has visited multiple times in the past. Wisconsin is a bit more of mystery, as his only previous experience with the program was a quick trip to the Badgers' campus as a freshman.
On top of his travel itinerary, Allen is also seeing coaches come to him. On Wednesday afternoon, staffers from California stopped off at Desert Mountain, and that's just the latest example.
"I really won't know what to think of any of these schools until I take all my visits," Allen said. "The Texas A&M one helped me a lot because I didn't know a lot about them before I went. I won't have any favorites until after spring ball. It's gonna be a pretty out of control year. I'm just trying to control it."
Allen claims to have no preference when it comes to conference affiliation. He does, however, say that schools from the Pac 12, including Arizona State, UCLA and Cal, are recruiting him the hardest.
As a junior at Desert Mountain, Allen passed for 3,119 yards and 36 touchdowns. His Wolves team finished the year with a 9-3 overall record.
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