Texas A&M may have just received the commitment for its quarterback of the future and added some much-needed insurance in the process.
Kyle Allen, a 4-star pro-style quarterback in the class of 2014, announced his decision to play for the Aggies over UCLA, Ohio State, Notre Dame and Oklahoma State on Monday afternoon via Twitter.
Head coach Kevin Sumlin celebrated Allen's commitment in his typical way.
YESSIR!— Kevin Sumlin (@CoachSumlin) June 3, 2013
Sumlin has every reason to be excited, because Allen's pledge isn't just one that he wanted. It's one that he needed.
Current starting quarterback and college football superstar Johnny Manziel may jump to the NFL after his redshirt sophomore season, which gives Allen the perfect opportunity to step in for Manziel immediately after setting foot on campus.
Stepping in for a legend is no easy task, but at 6'2", 185 pounds, the Desert Mountain, Ariz. native has the arm strength to run the offense similarly to how former Houston Cougar Case Keenum did for Sumlin before Sumlin made the jump to College Station.
That's big for the Aggies because they probably will need someone to come in and fill the pro-style void at the position when Manziel eventually does move on.
Stewart has everything needed to be successful running Sumlin's offense in a more traditional manner, but is rated as the top prep pitching prospect in the 2013 Major League Baseball draft by CBSSports.com, which takes place on Thursday.
The right-handed pitcher boasts a fastball in the low-to-mid-90s and his future with the Aggie football program certainly appears cloudy.
"My dream is to pitch in the big leagues,” Stewart told CSNHouston.com in late May. “That’s always been my dream, especially since I pitched when I was young – I just wanted to play in the big leagues really.”
He's going to get the chance, and with the guaranteed contracts that exist in Major League Baseball, it'd be hard for any top pick to pass on that chance.
That's why Allen's commitment is big for the Aggie football program.
He and Stewart possess similar characteristics, including brilliant pocket awareness, the ability to buy time while keeping their eyes downfield and a strong as well as accurate arm. Essentially, Allen can step in and take the role Sumlin had in mind for Stewart just one year later.
Sumlin's offense isn't dependent on a dual-threat quarterback. He showed in his first year at Texas A&M that he's willing and able to adapt his play-calling to the man taking the snaps.
Allen certainly looks like he's capable of handling the job at some point.
In the short term, he will provide Sumlin some insurance at the position while Manziel and Stewart weigh their professional futures.
Recruit information courtesy of 247Sports.com.
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