GAINESVILLE, Fla. — What happens in Vegas typically stays in Vegas, but Jake Allen will have the entire nation watching him Friday night.
The Florida quarterback commit and his St. Thomas Aquinas team have traveled from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., to Sin City to take on Bishop Gorman, the nation’s No. 1-ranked high school football team. The Raiders are ranked No. 7 nationally.
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The game, which will begin at 10 p.m. ET on ESPNU, pits Allen against Elite 11 quarterback and Ohio State commit Tate Martell and features 5-star wide receivers Trevon Grimes and Tyjon Lindsey, both Ohio State pledges.
Despite all the hype surrounding the matchup, Allen is treating it as just another game.
“It’s fun for my teammates because it’s a nationally-televised game, but for me I’m just worried about doing my job and leading the offense,” Allen said. “Once things kick off, it’s just football and you play your game.”
Allen has been on top of his game as a senior, throwing for 799 yards and 4 touchdowns. ESPN national recruiting analyst Craig Haubert, who will be calling the game, is impressed with Allen’s ability to go through his progressions and spread the ball to his receivers.
“He’s making good decisions and getting the football around,” Haubert told USA Today. “Jake Allen’s success (Friday) will come more from a group effort.”
Here is a preview of the game from MaxPreps: