July 8, 2013

Allen an Aggie

Texas City high school senior-to-be quarterback Andrew Allen verbally committed to the Aggies back on June 28th. Allen wasted no time in accepting the offer from NMSU to play at a Division-I program in hopes of eventually becoming the starting quarterback for the Aggies.

Allen has been on the football field, "Since I was eight-years old. My first year I played running back and then coaches saw me throw and told me I would be a quarterback and I've done that the rest of my life, so far", quoted Allen.

When asked about his high school experience at the quarterback position, Allen says, "Last year, we were 9-3. I played quarterback in all twelve games. I also played my sophomore year at quarterback."

Last season Allen racked up twenty-five touchdowns as quarterback for the Texas City Stingarees. 16 of those touchdowns were by pass, 9 rushing, and threw for 1,565 passing yards, with a completion rate of 60% and only with 6 interceptions.

"My sophomore year, we ran the spread offense, then last year we went to the Pro-style. Whatever the game momentum calls for, we'll run either one. If its up-tempo, I like to go to the spread, but if we need to pound the ball, then Pro-style."

When asked about his familiarity with NMSU and his recruitment process, Allen jumped at the opportunity to learn more about Las Cruces and NMSU. "Coach Vance actually came out to my high school and he was talking to my coaches. He asked about me and the coaches showed him game film saying 'We love him and he can do what we want', which coach Vance then asked if I had any offers, which they answered, "No". Coach Vance couldn't believe it! I'll be in touch with y'all. That was in May, but I didn't hear from them until the day they offered me. I committed right away."

Allen may not have had any offers, but he was drawing interest from schools like Louisiana-Lafayette, McMurray, Baylor, Central Arkansas, and Texas State.

"I'm planning on visiting the NMSU campus July twenty-eighth or August forth. We have to get everything setup. I looked up Las Cruces on Google and I read that it has a beautiful view of the mountains. One of my friends moms actually grew up there and she said she loved it! The food was great. It has a very nice community."

It wasn't just a matter of playing division-I football for Allen. The main contributing factor in his decision to play at NMSU was the coaching staff. "They wanted me, for me", says Allen passionately. "They wanted me for the position I want to play because of the talent that I have. You're the guy we want! We're going to run the pistol offense and they felt I'd fit in great. Me and my grandfather prayed on it and we just decided to come here! My grandfather and my Godfather had a major influence on me. We decided it would be best to get committed to NMSU."

Besides football, academics is on Allen's mind as well. "I want to major in Criminal Justice", he says with confidence.

Playing away from Texas City and moving to Las Cruces, Allen showed his humorous side. "My mamma joked around about moving out to Las Cruces", Allen says while laughing. "Travaughn Colwell grew up in Manville, which is a hop, skip, and a jump down the road. I hope I don't get homesick, but after you get the feeling of being on your own, you have to adapt. The Louisiana-Lafayette isn't too far away. So maybe my family can make that game."

Allen realizes his football future isn't predetermined. With two quarterbacks on roster ahead of him, Allen knows he's got a tough road ahead.

"I have a personal trainer and working out at school, 7:00am every morning."

The road to division-I football is a tough one.


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