Florida Gators head coach Jim McElwain and offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier landed their first quarterback together on Wednesday night when 2017 quarterback Jake Allen (6-2, 195, Fort Lauderdale, FL St. Thomas Aquinas) committed to the Gators.
Allen had an incredible June that saw him win the Rivals five-star quarterback challenge and also receive an offer from Florida after camping for Nussmeier and co.
Shortly after Allen received his offer from Florida he called the Gators his leader because of two different factors that are both equally important to him.
“It was a dream offer 100 percent. I’ve always dreamed of going to Florida,” Allen said. “My quarterback coach Eric Kresser (who played for Florida) was so happy when I told him. He said that he was proud of me and that all of the hard work that we’ve put in has finally paid off. He has always told me ‘Jake you’re going to be an SEC quarterback,’ but I never really believed him.”
Allen made a decision a little earlier than most 2017 quarterbacks but he says he did that in order to get some star players around him in Gainesville.
“I would like to be the leader of the class and help recruit but also if I know I already like the school then I might as well go ahead and commit to the school,” Allen said last month. “ The biggest thing though is that I need to recruit because I need guys around me to help elevate my game, plus I want to be able to help elevate their game.”
Allen is considered one of the best quarterbacks for his class and he’s the second commit for the Florida Gators in the class of 2017, joining receiver Lavarus Tigner (6-2, 185, Deerfield Beach, FL High) who committed to Florida in June.
INSIDERS TAKE: Allen is one of those kids that will be the leader of the class for Florida and he will be a very active recruiter for the Gators in not only 2017 but also in 2016. Allen is now teammates with receiver Sam Bruce who is currently committed to Miami.
Gator Country will have much more on Allen’s commitment to Florida.