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Beau Allen recruiting roundtable and predictions

It’s decision day for Kentucky’s top QB target.


The top quarterback prospect in the state of Kentucky is set to make his college decision next Monday, May 6th.

Beau Allen is a part of the 2020 class, and he plays for Lexington Catholic High School. He is considered to be one of, if not the best player in the Bluegrass for this class. He had a stellar junior season at Lexington Catholic where he threw for 3,729 yards, 42 touchdowns on just 9 interceptions, and completing 65.3% of his passes. The ceiling looks really high for this student-athlete.

As of right now, 247 Sports has Kentucky as his top choice. In fact, the Cats are at 100% in the Crystal Ball. With Andru Phillips and John Young both recently committing to the Wildcats (two players that Beau was on a visit with earlier this year), the chances of Kentucky landing the four-star QB are high.

With that being said, you never really know. So, our team here at A Sea of Blue have gotten together at our virtual roundtable to give our thoughts on where we think Allen lands and what it would mean for Kentucky Football.

Sam Gillenwater

With Beau Allen set to make his college decision come Monday, it seems as if it’s Kentucky’s race to lose. Although schools like Washington State, West Virginia and Duke have been involved, Mark Stoops will have the inside track come decision day for the Lexington product.

Allen can have a big impact for Kentucky immediately or into the future, depending on how Stoops plays it. With Gunnar Hoak transferring to Ohio State, Allen can earn the opportunity to be the backup as early as 2020.

The starting job is Terry Wilson’s to lose if he’s back as a senior in 2020, but if he were to play poorly, I don’t doubt that Coach Stoops would give Allen an opportunity if need be. Still, the ideal situation is Allen getting time to develop and take the starting job in a 2-3 years.

Regardless, Allen will be a great pickup for the Wildcat football team. He, obviously, has yet to announce, but it would be a surprise to see him choose anywhere besides UK. Whether you see him play some early on or if we have to wait several years to see him on the field, Beau Allen is a name Big Blue Nation will learn and know more in the years to come.

Prediction: Kentucky

Tj Barnett

For me, this nearly a no brainer. I think Beau has already made his mind up and is just waiting until Monday to announce that he’ll be playing at the University of Kentucky. Not only is it his home school, but with what Kentucky has done over the course of the past five years, why wouldn’t he want to be a part of a very bright future?

Beau is a very talented QB who will get some more recognition during his senior year after such a great junior year, and this 2020 class is really starting to come together as you can feel the excitement both within the program and amongst fans.

On top of all that, Kentucky is sitting at 100% in the Crystal Ball. It feels like an easy call to make, but it’s nonetheless a massive win for Mark Stoops and his staff.

Prediction: Kentucky

Jason Marcum

Kentucky has had some tough luck when it comes to recruiting big-time quarterbacks since landing Drew Baker in the Class of 2014. Since then, Kentucky has missed out on Austin Kendall (2016), Mac Jones (2017) and Jarren Williams (2018).

Thankfully, Kentucky was saved by junior college passers in Stephen Johnson and Terry Wilson, but they can’t continue to bank on this route leading to sustained success. Mark Stoops badly needs to land a blue-chip high school quarterback who can develop for a year or two, then take over the reigns for several years.

The Wildcats finally has a chance to do that with Beau Allen, who’s long been their top target in 2020. Not only is he in Kentucky’s own backyard, but Allen is a four-star prospect who Rivals ranks as the 15th-best pro-style quarterback in 2020.

Perhaps what speaks to Allen’s talent the most is his offer sheet, which includes the Michigan Wolverines and Georgia Bulldogs among others. Getting that kind of talent would be massive for the future of Kentucky Football.

What makes it even better is Allen would likely get a redshirt year to develop in 2020 when Wilson is a senior, then take over in 2021.

Getting that kind of player is no easy take, but Stoops and his staff have been putting the full-court press on Allen for over a year now. It also helps that new Kentucky commit John Young has been making a strong push for Allen to be who he clocks for in college.

In the end, Kentucky has done a masterful job of recruiting Allen, enough that he’ll be rocking that Kentucky blue on Monday.

Prediction: Kentucky

Aaron Gershon

Kentucky is set to land a much-needed quarterback in Lexington native Beau Allen who is rated the 34th best pro-style quarterback for the class of 2020.

Baring a stunning turn expect Allen to commit and join friends John Young and Andru Phillips in the Cats 2020 class.

As for what landing will mean for the Cats it could be that the team found their eventual starting quarterback.

Terry Wilson has two years of eligibility remaining, but a big 2019 season may have him consider declaring for the NFL Draft.

With Gunnar Hoak now at Ohio State, Kentucky is thin at quarterback behind Wilson. Allen may be the only quarterback on the 2020 roster with starting potential making landing him crucial for Mark Stoops and company.

Prediction: Allen stays in Lexington and commits to Kentucky

Nick Wheatley

Starting off a recruiting class with a QB commit early is HUGE. And even more so when that QB is a four star from the state of Kentucky. The Cats have a ton of momentum on the recruiting trail right now and that won’t be changing on Monday.

Allen is great friends with recent Kentucky commit John Young, and I’ve heard the two have talked about playing at Kentucky together since they were kids. Now, that dream will become a reality.

Allen is a really good prospect. The pro-style quarterback likes to sit in the pocket and throw the ball all over the field. He’s not the fastest, but he has a cannon. He’s also not the biggest and he needs to put on quite a bit of weight to fill out his 6-2 frame.

All in all, this would be a huge get for the staff. I’m not entirely sold he’s not the next Gunnar Hoak or Drew Barker, but nevertheless he has the potential to be very good and he can help recruit more talent to Lexington.

Prediction: Kentucky