Kyle Allen was not waiting for an arbitrary date.
When the top-rated pro-style quarterback by Rivals.com was prepared to make his decision, he was going to make it. The four-star was ready on Monday.
Allen, from Scottsdale (Ariz.) Desert Mountain, committed to Texas A&M shortly after narrowing his list to the Aggies, Oklahoma State, Ohio State, Notre Dame and UCLA.
"I knew where I wanted to be," Allen said.
"I told all the reporters that when I make my decision it's going to be when I'm ready. It's not going to be at some certain day. I've never understood why kids wait until a date to make a decision because then they're going to start second-guessing themselves and it's going to mess with their minds. I knew I was ready. I knew that's where I wanted to be. I felt confident and comfortable in A&M."
Allen, who was bumped to the top pro-style quarterback in the latest rankings after a phenomenal performance at the Rivals Camp Series presented by Under Armour event in Phoenix, was in College Station for Texas A&M's spring game in April. He said he fell in love with the place.
The coaching staff stood out. The offense was a perfect fit. Everything went together well for Allen, who threw for 3,119 yards with 36 touchdowns and seven interceptions in his junior season, and the Aggies won out in his recruitment.
"I knew the coaches were good there, I knew Coach (Kevin) Sumlin was a great coach, and I knew Coach (Jake) Spavital, who was at West Virginia, was an awesome offensive mind," Allen said. "I knew the coaches were great. I had no problem with that. When I got there, I knew the city is where I wanted to be.
"That place, College Station, is such an amazing town with great people and great support. Just the tradition of the Aggies and Texas A&M and all the alumni that they have is just unbelievable."
By being so highly rated, Allen will have a realistic shot of playing early at Texas A&M and that means following quarterback Johnny Manziel, arguably the biggest name in college football.
Whether Manziel stays for his entire college career or leaves early, Allen, who will attend the Rivals100 Five-Star Challenge presented by Under Armour this week in Chicago, said he wants to learn from Manziel and then keep building Texas A&M's program.
"You see, as times have been changing, colleges are using who's ready more," Allen said. "I knew wherever I went, if I was ready I would play.
"With how it all went down with Johnny maybe leaving this year or next year, just how it's panning out, playing time would be perfect with me. Even if he stays, I get to spend another year or two under him and learn from him, which would be very vital to me."
Recruiting probably will not stop for Allen, who has offers from major programs across the country. But the four-star said his end of it is over. He made his decision. He's sticking with it. And he hopes the other teams move on.
"Shutting it down," Allen said. "It's over. Totally done. When I said I'd make the decision, I told everyone that I'd be fully done with the decision. I'm not going to be the type of kid who screws somebody over. I already told all the other coaches I'm shutting it down and that I've committed to a school. I'm fully committed. I'm done. I'm an Aggie."
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