BOCA RATON, Fla. — Jake Allen had his mind set on Florida before he even received an offer from the school.
The Gators quarterback signee committed to UF in the summer of 2015 after his sophomore year of high school.
Allen said North Carolina and Notre Dame keep recruiting him that fall, but both schools had moved on by the end of junior season.
“I don’t have a second place,” said Allen, who will enroll at Florida on May 8. “I didn’t want to go anywhere else and every school that recruited me knew it.”
Could anything have changed that for the 6-foot-3, 195-pound pro-style passer?
“Yeah,” Allen said, “if Florida ran a triple-option offense.”
The following is a Q&A with Allen for our Florida recruiting rewind series.
Q: If you could give a junior ONLY one piece of advice about the recruiting process, what would it be?
A: “Don’t get too big headed. Stay the course, don’t get bigger than yourself and be who you are.”
Q: What was the biggest rumor about you that wasn’t true?
A: “That I was flipping to Notre Dame. My teammate (Drew White) was committed there and swapped shirts for a picture. I put it on Instagram and people freaked out. I had to squash that quick.”
Q: What’s the biggest secret you kept during the recruiting process?
A: “When I first got offered, I knew that’s where I wanted to go. I visited Stanford and if I pursued that I could’ve went there, but I didn’t bother thinking about it. I knew Florida’s offense was perfect for me.”
Q: What is the funniest thing any HEAD coach said to you during the entire recruiting process?
A: “I was at Miami and the first thing Al Golden said to me was, ‘What do you think about the chicks?’ It was funny, kind of an icebreaker.”
Q: What was your biggest regret during the recruiting process?
A: “Not being able to enroll early. I wish I was at Florida right now for spring practice.”
Q: What was the funniest story that happened on one of your recruiting trips.
A: “I was at a Michigan camp and talking with a couple other quarterbacks. We were all talking about our grades. I was messing around and said, ‘I got a C in third grade.’ Jim Harbaugh overheard and screams, ‘I don’t give a s–t about your grades.’ Then he realized I was part of the quarterback group that had recruits in it so he just kind of walked away. It was weird. I couldn’t wait to get out of there after that, and we left early.”
Q: Which coach was it the hardest to say no?
A: “I really liked Kyle Flood. He was the head coach at Rutgers when they offered me and I still keep up with him. I just really liked him and he was the first coach to offer me.”
Q: Which college would you have considered more seriously if they had offered you earlier in the process?
A: “It would’ve been cool to go to Southern Cal. It’s so far away that I wouldn’t have went there over Florida, but it would’ve been fun to take a visit out there.
Q: How much negative recruiting was out there?
A: “I got it from the Florida fan base, you know, ‘Jake is never going to play here.’ Fortunately I have thick skin and I know those fans are just a small minority, but not every recruit realizes that and some fans could turn them away.”
Q: Which head coach of a team that you did not sign with was the nicest? Which coach was not the nicest?
A: “Coach Flood. He was cool. Coach Harbaugh definitely rubbed me the wrong way.”
Q: If you were in charge of the NCAA, what’s the one rule you would change with recruiting?
A: “I think the Twitter rule is stupid. They can’t DM you until a certain year. They should be able to communicate with you when you’re eighth grade.”