Ohio State Football: Meyer and the Buckeyes Offer 4-Star Quarterback Kyle Allen

David RegimbalFeatured ColumnistMay 1, 2013

Photo courtesy of 247Sports.com
Photo courtesy of 247Sports.com

When you look back at the 11 teams Urban Meyer has coached throughout his career, it's easy to see that his spread offense is most effective with a dynamic quarterback at the helm.

With that being the case, it makes sense that Meyer is extremely selective when it comes to recruiting that position.

Ohio State's 2014 recruiting efforts are the perfect example of that. Despite nearly a dozen elite quarterbacks around the country having a legitimate interest in the Buckeyes, just two signal-callers—Jerrod Heard and Deshaun Watson—held offers from Ohio State as of Tuesday morning.

That changed with a surprising development on Tuesday afternoon.

Kyle Allen—a 4-star quarterback out of Scottsdale, Ariz., according to 247Sports.com—announced via Twitter that he received a scholarship offer from Meyer and the Buckeyes:

Just been offere by THE Ohio State University!! Extremely excited about this opportunity! #buckeyes #blessed

— Kyle Allen (@KyleAllen_10) May 1, 2013

Allen is a pro-style quarterback with incredible skills in the passing game. His accuracy is off the charts, and he excels at things like leading his receivers on deep routes and throwing into very tight windows.

The soon-to-be senior threw for 3,200 yards and 36 touchdowns against just seven interceptions in 2012. That has helped Allen earn 16 scholarship offers and counting, most notably from schools like Notre Dame, UCLA, Oklahoma State, West Virginia, Boise State and Wisconsin.

Allen has decent mobility and avoids pressure in the pocket very well, but running plays like the zone-read isn't one of his greater strengths. He's capable—his film even reflects that—but Allen doesn't possess the playmaking ability of a guy like Braxton Miller as a dual threat.

That didn't stop Meyer and the Buckeyes from offering, though. Ohio State has recently broadened its search for a quarterback because its first two targets, Heard and Watson, seem to have an unwavering commitment to Texas and Clemson.

In addition to the Allen offer, Ohio State's coaching staff has been flying all over the country scouting for the 2014 recruiting class. Offensive coordinator Tom Herman traveled south to Louisiana to check in on 4-star quarterback Brandon Harris Monday afternoon, and the dual-threat signal-caller impressed Herman with his arm.

Harris fits the mold of Meyer's offense a bit more than Allen because of his running ability, and some expect that an offer could be headed Harris' way very soon.

Watching Ohio State orchestrate its quarterback search will be one of the most interesting storylines of the offseason, and with Heard and Watson likely out of the picture, the Buckeyes are comfortable starting their search back up with Allen at the forefront.

Watch highlights from Allen's junior season here:


David Regimbal is the lead Ohio State football writer for Bleacher Report.
Follow him on Twitter @davidreg412.