Coach Dave Doeren and staff continue to leave no stone un-turned in their early recruiting efforts at NC State.
Just one day after landing his first recruit for the class of 2014 we get the news that former Oklahoma quarterback, Drew Allen, will visit NC State before deciding where he will transfer.
NORMAN â€” Former Oklahoma quarterback Drew Allen visited Syracuse recently, and plans to visit N.C. State soon before deciding where heâ€™ll play college football next season, according to a source.
The source said Allen will choose between those two schools, and is leaning toward Syracuse because he likes the Orangeâ€™s offensive system.
Allenâ€™s visit to Syracuse was first reported by ESPN.com. Syracuse is looking to replace Ryan Nassib, a four-year starter who is projected as a second-round selection in this monthâ€™s NFL Draft.
Allen, who is set to graduate from OU in May, still has a year of eligibility remaining. Because heâ€™ll finish his degree requirements, NCAA rules allow him to transfer to another Football Bowl Subdivision school and be immediately eligible.
Blake Bell, a junior next season, supplanted Allen as Landry Jonesâ€™ backup before the 2012 season. Bell is currently battling sophomore Kendal Thompson and redshirt freshman Trevor Knight to replace Jones as OUâ€™s full-time starter in 2013.
Allen didnâ€™t take any snaps in 2012. As a sophomore, he appeared in five games, completing nine of 16 passes for 71 yards.
Allen’s potential interest in the Wolfpack program is particularly intriguing in light of (a) the current battle for playing time being conducted by Pete Thomas and Manny Stocker, and (b) the previously announced transfer of high profile back-up Florida Gators’ QB, Jacoby Brissett (link).
Florida quarterback Jacoby Brissett, a former four-star recruit ranked as the nationâ€™s No. 75 overall player in the class of 2011. He picked State thanks to his relationship with Doeren, which dates back to the field generalâ€™s freshman year at Dwyer High School in West Palm Beach, Fla., and the addition of the signal caller would serve as a shot in the arm for any program.
After redshirting, Brissett will have two years of eligibility remaining to compete for starting duties with Pete Thomas, another transfer who was ranked as a four-star quarterback coming out of high school, and the athletic Manny Stocker, who served as Mike Glennonâ€™s back-up as a true freshman this fall.