Lexington Catholic’s own Beau Allen has finally made it official and will be continuing his football career at the University of Kentucky. Allen will look to have the same amount of success as former Knights Winston Guy and David Bouvier both did wearing the Kentucky blue and white.
After multiple recruiting classes where UK swung and miss on the top quarterback on their board, the Wildcats nabbed their man for the class of 2020. With the pledge, UK has their second highest rated high school quarterback out of high school in the Mark Stoops era.
Last year, Beau Allen was in charge of an offense that put up 40.8 points per game and made it to the second round of the 3A KHSAA football playoffs. For the year, Allen completed 65.3 percent of his passes, averaged 10.4 yards per attempt, was responsible for 50 touchdowns (42 passing, 8 rushing), and owned an efficient 2.5% interception rate. You add in 740 rushing yards and Allen is a flat out Kentucky high school superstar. UK is getting a quarterback with a lot of tools.
When watching the tape, the first thing that stands out are the throws that the pocket quarterback can make vertically down the field. While it’s hard to tell if he has the velocity to make consistent small window throws in the intermediate areas, it’s clear that Allen has the arm talent to go deep and he delivers the ball with accuracy. He consistently throws his receivers open on vertical routes and seems to have very good pocket mechanics. Here he climbs the pocket to avoid the outside rush and to create a great throwing lane for the big play touchdown. UK’s quarterbacks in the last decade have had trouble with pocket mobility. It seems clear that Allen has that in high school.
It’s easy to understand why Air Raid schools such as Washington State and West Virginia were interested in the young quarterback. Allen is at his best when he takes a short drop and gets the ball out quickly. When called for, he can sling it like a shortstop in baseball and delivers it with accuracy. One of Allen’s biggest strengths is his accuracy and that usually translates very well to college ball.
Since Eddie Gran took over the Kentucky offense in 2016, the QB run game has become an important element. Stephen Johnson was just mobile enough to keep defenses honest on zone read looks while Terry Wilson has proven to have big play ability as a runner. Allen won’t provide what Wilson brings to the table, but he is capable to do what Johnson did. He’ll never be a big time runner, but he can scramble for first downs and occasionally keep the rock on designed quarterback runs.
This was a very solid recruiting win for Mark Stoops and his staff. Some of the top offensive minds in college football (David Cutcliffe, Mike Leach) were very interested in Beau Allen and recruited him very hard. That’s a good sign and his tape shows a confident, accurate quarterback who can push the ball vertically down the field in addition to being an above average athlete for the position.
The roster situation couldn’t be better for an incoming freshman quarterback in 2020. Terry Wilson will be entering his senior season which will allow Allen use a year of development during his redshirt season. After that, he will seemingly be competing with three inexperienced quarterbacks in Amani Gilmore, Nik Scalzo, and Walker Wood. As of right now, Allen will be the favorite to open the 2021 season as the program’s QB1.