FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Despite some potential drawbacks to his commitment, Jake Allen remains solid with Florida.
The Elite 11 quarterback has been pledged to the Gators since the summer of 2015. He never wavered later that fall when they had three quarterbacks on the roster and two committed for 2016.
A pair of those passers, Treon Harris and Will Grier, are no longer with the team, and Luke Del Rio’s future at Florida is uncertain. Because of that, Gators coach Jim McElwain and offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier have decided to pursue a second quarterback, in addition to Allen, for the Class of 2017.
They made a late push for JUCO transfer Jarrett Stidham last week, but he committed to Auburn last Saturday. After Florida Atlantic’s hiring of Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin, Florida tested the waters with Crimson Tide pledge Tua Tagovailoa.
Tagovailoa still is set on the Tide and will enroll early at Alabama. Regardless, Allen is not worried about Florida’s desire to sign two quarterbacks.
“Tua’s a great QB, and it would only make us both better to compete,” Allen said. “If I was scared of competition, I would not have signed with the University of Florida.”
Gators fans expressed concerns to SEC Country this week about whether Allen would look around because of the Stidham and Tagovailoa developments. Some even suggested, albeit farfetched, that Kiffin may be able to convince Allen to stay close to home and play at FAU.
“He’s a nice hire for them,” Allen said of Kiffin, “but I’m 100 percent committed to UF.”
Allen also is not deterred by the struggles on offense with coordinator Nussmeier, his primary recruiter and future position coach. He expressed confidence in his offensive system and play-calling.
“Just sitting down and talking about offense with him, you can tell he knows his stuff,” Allen said of Nussmeier. “From what I see on TV, at games and going to the practices, everything is there. Players just have to go out and execute the scheme on Saturday. Doing it on a big stage isn’t easy to do, but it has to get done, and it will.”
Allen did a Facebook Live Q&A with SEC Country on Tuesday night. Check out the video below.
Q&A with Florida QB commit Jake Allen
Posted by Florida Gators Insiders on Tuesday, December 13, 2016