Gators commit Jake Allen weighs in on Florida’s QB recruiting
ORLANDO, Fla. — Jake Allen and Feleipe Franks have two things in common.
They’re Florida quarterback commits and don’t mind competition.
In fact, they thrive on it.
When asked this week about fellow 2016 commit Kyle Trask and possibly 5-star QB Jacob Eason going to Florida, Franks said he can’t live without competition and “iron sharpens iron.”
Allen, a 2017 recruit, isn’t bothered by the Gators recruiting three quarterbacks a year ahead of him.
“I love competition,” Allen said after leading St. Thomas Aquinas to a 45-10 in the Class 7A state championship Friday.
“I came to St. Thomas for competition, beat the other kid out. Went to Cardinal Gibbons (as a sophomore) for competition, beat that kid. I embrace competition.”
Allen also doesn’t think Florida will be able to flip Eason, a UGA commit.
“Three quarterbacks is a lot of quarterbacks, but I don’t know if that’s going to happen,” Allen said. “I’m just going to let everything play out.
“I’m really thinking they sign two, but who knows? Anything can happen. Recruiting is crazy.”
Allen would know. Despite his commitment to Florida, which he made back in June, other schools are still pursuing the 4-star prospect.
“I’m taking to Notre Dame, Alabama and UNC,” Allen said. “I’ll get a couple DMs (on Twitter) saying, ‘How solid are you to the Gators?’
“I’m telling them I’m a solid commit. I’m just happy to be a Gator.”
Allen spoke to UF coach Jim McElwain on Friday and plans to return to Gainesville next month for an unofficial visit.
“I talked to him before the game and he wished me luck,” said Allen, who completed 11 of 14 passes for 152 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions, one being a tipped pass.
“He just told me to do what I do every day. It feels great. This is the ultimate goal — winning a state title. Overall, he’s very happy with my season.”