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Lexington Catholic QB Beau Allen commits to Cats

Andru Phillips, right, with Beau Allen, left, and John Young.

By LARRY VAUGHT

Kentucky’s football recruiting success continued today with Lexington Catholic quarterback Beau Allen, the son of former UK quarterback Bill Allen, announcing his commitment to coach Mark Stoops and the Wildcats.

He had visited Washington State and West Virginia and also had intense interest from schools such as Duke, Michigan State, Penn State and others. He also had an offer from Georgia.

Last week Louisville offensive tackle John Young and South Carolina cornerback Andru Phillips both committed to UK after taking an official visit to Kentucky at the same time as Allen. Both predicted Allen would pick UK and today he did.

Kentucky also has a 2020 commitment from four-star defensive tackle Lamar Goods of Connecticut.

Allen is ranked among the nation’s top 25 pro-style quarterbacks in the 2020 recruiting class after completing 240 of 361 passes for 3,729 yards and 42 scores last year. He also ran for 747 yards and eight scores and says he’s been timing in 4.8 seconds in the 40-yard dash.
While Allen liked the offenses that Mike Leach of Washington State and Neal Brown of West Virginia, both former UK offensive coordinators use, he’s just as comfortable with what UK offensive coordinator Eddie Gran and quarterback coach Darin Hinshaw run.
Allen said during his press conference at this school that he now will try to recruit players like Vito Tisdale, Mike Drennen, Justin Rogers, Deondre Buford and Kalil Branham to join him at UK. Rogers is a five -star offensive lineman from Michigan.

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  1. Being a pro style QB didn’t stop Beau from coming to UK Old Fan, even in a Stoops/Gran offense. Good pick up for the Cats. I look forward to seeing this young man play. for the Wildcats.

    1. You’re right LP, but they still have to get ALL the pieces together. If the receivers can’t get open or catch the ball, as we have seen in the past, or if the line can’t hold the pocket, also, as we have seen in the past, then he probably won’t see a lot of playing time.
      Having said that, I hope it does work out for him and UK. I love a team that is a threat from anywhere on the field and numerous options. I like teams that can take advantage of what is available and have the ability to play smash mouth when needed.
      UK will probably have a couple of years to get things together before he even has a chance to play.

      1. I agree.

  2. Really nice four commits to begin with, so let the dominos start to fall with some more speedy receivers and big uglies on defense-Go Cats.

  3. Terry Wilson is the starter for next year. You would think that there would be games where Beau would be a better fit from a passing standpoint, but I don’t see him getting on the field much in 2019. I hope he doesn’t get discouraged before he gets his chance.

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