St. Thomas Aquinas junior quarterback Jake Allen announced on Wednesday that he has decided to make an oral commitment to the Florida Gators.
A four-star prospect in the class of 2017, according to the 247 Sports composite rankings, Allen chose UF over other early offers from Miami, Pittsburgh, N.C. State and Iowa among others."I felt the time was right to pull the trigger," Allen told the Miami Herald in a message. "I want to be a Gator."
The Gators are expected to have redshirt freshman Will Grier compete with sophomore Treon Harris, who played as a freshman out of Booker T. Washington, for the starting job this season. After that, UF has no quarterback commits in its 2016 class and Allen is the only quarterback in its 2017 class of two commitments.
Although never teammates as Allen transferred to St. Thomas from Cardinal Gibbons, Allen would join incoming freshman Jordan Scarlett as Raiders turned Gators in their offense if he ends up signing in 2017.
Predictably, after the announcement, rumors started swirling on whether his two top targets at Aquinas -- Sam Bruce, a UM 2016 commit, and Trevon Grimes, an uncommitted five-star receiver in 2017 -- would follow him to UF.