Texas A&M may have suffered the biggest loss in all of college football when Johnny Manziel declared for the 2014 NFL Draft. A month after the Heisman Trophy winner decided to leave, the school has brought in a quarterback who might turn out to be even better.
On National Signing Day, the Aggies have officially landed possibly the best quarterback in the 2014 recruiting class. Kyle Allen of Scottsdale, Arizona joins a team that finished the season at No.18 in the polls. Texas A&M ended the year by defeating Duke in the Chick-fil-A Bowl.
Allen is like Manziel in the sense that he’s good at using his legs to create plays. He won’t run as much as predecessor who totaled over 2,100 rushing yards in two seasons as the Aggies starting quarterback. However, Allen is a very good pocket-passer with the ability to scramble and make plays. Some have compared him to Aaron Rodgers because of his mobility and ability to throw accurately when on the move.
As good as Manziel is, Allen could turn out to be even better. At 6’3, he’s more physically gifted than the Aggies signal caller of the last two years. His accuracy is his best attribute, and he could experience success right away.
Manziel’s shoes are very big ones to fill. Johnny Football was one of the best quarterbacks in the NCAA in his only two seasons as a starter. Now, Allen is joining the team as his probable replacement. While Manziel didn’t get on the field until he was a redshirt freshman, Allen is expected to compete for the starting job in his first year. Entering his senior season, quarterback Matt Joeckel will also have a shot at the starting job.
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Allen was a star in three years on the varsity team at Desert Mountain High School. He totaled 8,201 passing yards and 86 touchdowns.
The incoming freshman isn’t the only big recruit for Texas A&M. The Aggies 2014 recruiting class might take a backseat to only Alabama. Rivals.com ranks it the No.4 class this year, but ESPN puts it at No.2 overall. Highly touted defensive end Myles Garrett will join the team, as well as Speedy Noil, who might be the best wide receiver in 2014.