College has been a long and crazy journey for former Texas A&M quarterback Kyle Allen. But now it appears to be over.
Allen will skip his final year of eligibility at Houston in favor of entering the 2018 NFL Draft, he announced Thursday morning.
Thank you to everyone who has helped me get to this point! Excited to see what God has in store for me 🙏🏼 pic.twitter.com/upez57T0cK
— Kyle Allen (@KyleAllen_10) January 11, 2018
Joseph Duarte of the Houston Chronicle first reported the story.
At the very least, this is a curious decision. Allen was benched by Cougars coach Major Applewhite this season and only played in four games. In two seasons with the Aggies, he never even approached the 2,500-yard benchmark.
Allen finishes his college career with 37 touchdowns, 18 interceptions and 4,283 yards on 61 percent completed passes. But it’s his physical tools that could get him looks by NFL scouts and front offices.
Allen was a former 5-star recruit for a reason — mostly because of his arm strength and size. He’s an ideal 6-foot-3 and was the No. 1 pocket-passer recruit out of high school in 2014. He transferred to Houston after two middling years as Texas A&M’s quarterback, throwing for 33 touchdowns and 14 interceptions in 20 games with the Aggies.
Still, the former Aggie will have to convince a team he’s capable of being an NFL quarterback. But don’t rule out Allen getting a camp invite or making a practice squad as a rookie.