Florida commit Jake Allen, the No. 9 pro-style quarterback in the nation, impressed Trent Dilfer and George Whitfield, Jr. with his football intelligence and work ethic at the Elite 11 Finals in Redondo Beach, California over the weekend.
Dilfer, a former NFL quarterback who works with the event every year, praised Allen’s love of the game, calling him “a football junkie.”
“He loves him some football,” Dilfer said, via 247Sports’ Luke Stampini. “He eats, sleeps, drinks it.”
What made a bigger impression on Dilfer, however, was the 6-foot-3, 200-pound Allen’s ability to grasp the 53-page playbook, which all 24 participants at the event were required to learn. Allen did not finish as one of the top 12 quarterbacks at the event, but impressed nonetheless.
“He took command, he understood his playbook, which I value a lot,” Dilfer said. “I value the mental side way more than anyone else, and I actually think it’s more important than the physical side at this stage of their careers. So, I was really impressed with how he took advantage of that preparation and how well he did there.”
George Whitfield Jr., who also helped coach players at the Elite 11 Finals, has a great deal of experience helping quarterbacks prepare for the NFL combine, and Allen stood out to him as well.
“I liked Jake Allen, he was battling,” Whitfield said. “Now every time he looked like he was turning around, there was some great white shark right next to him, but certainly no flinch. He was game for everything. He showed a lot of what I like, downfield accuracy, and he showed a lot of discretion because you didn’t see him force anything. I really liked what he was doing.”