July 10, 2008

Allen impressed by Purdue visit

After quarterback Drew Allen wraps up his summer slate of unofficial visits in the next month or so, he plans to narrow down his list of top candidates.

Two days after a trip to Purdue, which is one of 11 schools to offer the three-star, pro-style QB, Allen now has a good idea of where the Boilermakers will fall.

"Up toward the top for sure," he said, "and especially after the visit. I really was impressed by everything that they have there."

For Allen, a San Antonio native, it marked his first trip into the upper Midwest, which offered him a different perspective than his home in Texas. He and his dad flew into Chicago Tuesday morning.

"My dad and I kind of got to see a different part of the country, which I had never seen before," said Allen, who has a 3.85 GPA at Alamo Heights High School. "The country was really nice, a lot of farmland. It was really green up there; down here in Texas we're kind of having a little drought and everything is dried up, so it's a little different.

"Once we got to West Lafayette, it was really nice and my visit went really well. I met Coach (Brian) Rock, my recruiting coach, there and met all the coaches, they're all so friendly and nice and very welcoming. (We took) a tour of the campus, which was just so nice. I didn't really know what to expect, kind of like all these visits. But this visit went really well and I really enjoyed myself. I like the coaches and the area."

Allen, who threw for 2,589 yards (and ran for 254) with 28 touchdowns and 12 interceptions as a junior at Alamo Heights last season, has offers from Colorado, Ole Miss, Oklahoma State, Vanderbilt and Wake Forest, among others. He's also receiving some interest from Oklahoma.

The 6-foot-5, 198-pounder has previously visited OK State, Vandy, Wake, Duke, Colorado and Ole Miss. This weekend, he's scheduled to attending a kicking camp - he punts - on Saturday, then a QB camp Sunday and Monday.

Allen's whirlwind summer spent flying across the country has certainly provided him a new experience. Before, he had been only to Massachusetts to visit family and Florida for vacation. When making his college choice, he says location to home may play a factor, but likely not a big one.

"Where ever I go, I could get home when ever I want," he said. "There'd be an airport less than two hours away. So location might be a factor, but if it's a place that I really feel very strong about, it won't matter."

That includes Purdue, a visit in which Allen gave glowing reviews. Here, he toured the Boilermakers' facilities, giving them high marks afterward. He also talked to senior Curtis Painter and other current Boilermakers, and also met with head coach-in-waiting Danny Hope.

"I enjoyed it a lot, he's a great guy," Allen said of Hope. "What really stuck out to me was (Purdue's) tradition at quarterback, producing great QBs: Drew Brees, Kyle Orton, Bob Griese, all those guys. Their tradition of passing, that's what really, really intrigued me, above everything else.

"Painter threw for something like 550 yards in their bowl game last year. They pass a lot, which I really like."

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