Fort Lauderdale, Fla. — Jake Allen has been an ambassador for Florida on the recruiting trail ever since he committed in July.
“Whoever is interested in Florida and has an offer, I’m talking to them,” Allen told SEC Country.
The four-star quarterback from St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) is also actively recruiting some of his own teammates, including Sam Bruce and Trevon Grimes, two of the highest-rated receivers in Florida.
Bruce, in particular, has been the focal point of his efforts even though the four-star has been committed to Miami since July.
“He’s electric,” Allen said. “Just his presence brings an energy to the team. He can totally change an offense.”
The 6-foot-3, 191-pound junior is also trying to lure four-star receiver Nate Craig-Myers (Tampa, Fla.) into joining him in Gainesville. Allen conceded to SEC Country that he believes Craig-Myers is bound for Florida. Craig-Myers’ brother, Jayvaughn (Dade City, Fla.), committed to the Gators back in August.
“I’m talking to him a lot,” Allen said. “He’s a guy I want to play with.”
Allen, who committed to Florida in July, said he plans to revisit the recruiting trail with more effort at the conclusion of his junior season.
He will, however, take a few more unofficial visits to Florida before the season ends. Allen will be in attendance for the Gators’ home games against Florida Atlantic and Florida State. He maintained that he has no intention of visiting any other school, though he admitted Notre Dame and Alabama have recruited him as of late.
But Florida’s recent surge has only solidified his commitment.
“It’s exciting because I’m a part of it,” Allen said. “In two years, I’ll be there. It’s cool to see what kind of success (coach Jim McElwain) is having.”
Allen is rated as the No. 25 player in Florida and the No. 10 pro-style quarterback in the Class of 2017.