Quarterback Jake Allen started his senior season with a bang Thursday night.
The Florida commit played less than two quarters in his team’s kickoff classic, but the game was over by halftime. Allen threw three touchdowns and completed nine of his 12 pass attempts for 97 yards with no interceptions.
St. Thomas Aquinas had a 31-0 lead when Allen was pulled after his third score, a 14-yard toss to 5-star receiver Trevon Grimes. Allen also threw a 38-yard TD to wideout Mike Harley, a West Virginia commit, as the Raiders routed Dillard 51-0.
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St. Thomas is ranked the No. 1 high school football team in the nation and won the Class 7A state championship last year. Allen believes his Raiders can repeat in 2016.
“We’re looking really, really strong,” Allen told SEC Country. “We’re going to take everything one game at a game, but I like our to chances (to repeat). I’m very confident.”
This team is special. 51-0?.
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Allen competed in Florida’s QB camp last month and built more chemistry with Gators offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier. He is ranked the nation’s No. 10 pro-style quarterback and impressed in the Elite 11 finals, an annual competition for the top QB prospects in the country.
Decision time for Grimes
Grimes will announce his college choice next week, but it won’t be news to the coaches who land him.
Grimes already has informed the winning program of his decision, and all signs point to Ohio State. The Buckeyes have been his longtime leader, and he grew up just two-plus hours away from the school in Indianapolis.
Grimes told SEC Country at The Opening he would visit four schools — Florida, Florida State, Miami and Ohio State — before his announcement, but only made it to OSU. He will reveal his commitment Wednesday in a video with Bleacher Report.
The Gators are in contention for the nation’s No. 1 wide receiver, Donovan Peoples-Jones. He plans to officially visit UF this fall and communicates with Allen.
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Zach Abolverdi is the Florida beat writer for SEC Country and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.