Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Drew Allen appears to be exploring his options and considering transferring in hopes of greener pastures. Allen has been backup to QB Landry Jones since arriving at Oklahoma in 2009, but with junior Blake Bell and freshman Trevor Knight looking at becoming the next two post-Landry era starters at quarterback, if Allen wants to continue to play football it will have to be elsewhere.
Among the schools Allen has been eyeing is the University of Maryland. The Terrapins suffered from a litany of quarterbacking injuries last season, and currently only have one completely healthy starter currently eligible at the moment, Ricardo Young (another transfer player.) Other schools Allen has been rumored to have interest in include Syracuse and Arkansas State.
Allen, who was the #15 rated quarterback and top 60 payer in the state of Texas in 2009, did not play last season with Landry Jones still on the roster and has one year of eligibility left despite expecting to graduate this May. His sophomore year ran for one touchdown, and during his entire career at Oklahoma he has passed for 160 total yards in brief appearances. NCAA transfer rules, under certain circumstances, would permit Allen to play this fall for a different school.
Any former Oklahoma Sooner quarterback is certainly worth a look if you’re the Terrapins. With wide receivers like Stefon Diggs, Deon Long, and Marcus Leak on the roster, the Terrapins should be exploring every possible option at quarterback (their biggest question mark.) in hopes of bringing out the best of a roster chock full of speed and talent on the wings. C.J. Brown is unlikely to be healthy until closer to the start of next season, and considering the amount of injuries suffered at such a key position last year, Maryland should try and reign in Allen if for no other reason than to bring competition in and another option outside of Young.
Allen is a pro-style quarterback who is viewed as athletic with a very solid arm, and could potentially fit well with offensive coordinator Mike Locksley’s scheme that constantly adjusts to the personnel available. We’ll keep you updated here as soon as we get some more information on the kid, but here’s to hoping that he becomes a Terp.
2:30 PM Update: Per Washington Post beat reporter Alex Prewitt the Terrapins have no interest in Drew Allen despite what Bruce Feldman had reported earlier in the day.
Just spoke with a team source. Maryland is not recruiting Oklahoma QB Drew Allen. No visit has been scheduled either.
— Alex Prewitt (@alex_prewitt) March 14, 2013