QB Jake Allen thriving as bond, chemistry with Gators coaches grows

Jake Allen, a 4-star quarterback from Fort Lauderdale. (Special to the AJC)
Jake Allen, a 4-star quarterback from Fort Lauderdale. (Special to the AJC)

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — It’s important for a quarterback and his position coach to be on the same page.

Florida commit Jake Allen has developed that kind of rapport with Gators offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier over the past year. Allen, who pledged to UF last summer, worked with Nussmeier and Florida coach Jim McElwain at this past weekend’s Friday Night Lights event.

“The more time I have around Coach Nuss and Coach Mac, the better I get,” said Allen, a product of St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

“I was just throwing for them and having a good time. It was fun.”

The chemistry between Allen and Nussmeier is evident when they work together, and that relationship exists off the field, as well.

“He’s an awesome guy,” Allen said. “I love hanging around him. I’m comfortable. I don’t have to put on a different persona. I can just be myself.

“He can relate to the quarterback. He used to play it and he knows the position. It’s good to have a coach like that.”

Nussmeier photobombed Allen at the conclusion of Friday Night Lights, and their fun began as soon as the camp started.

“Nuss was talking some trash to me,” Allen said. “We were doing the first drill when you have to throw it through the net, and he told me I couldn’t do it. He goes, ‘Jake, don’t throw it to the ground.’ It was funny. But of course I made it.”

The nation’s No. 10 pro-style quarterback also recruited some offensive skill players during his trip, such as 4-star wide receiver Jerry Jeudy and 4-star running back Adarius Lemons, who committed to Florida on Monday. Allen threw a long touchdown pass to Jeudy after he shook a cornerback to the ground on a juke move that went viral.

“You have to find little niches in their recruitment,” Allen said when asked how he approaches other prospects. “Everyone has something that they want to hear and they want to have in a college. So you have to find that out and keep stressing it.

“It’s not easy going to random guys and talking to them. But I like doing that and I enjoy it.”

Unless otherwise indicated, ratings and rankings come from the 247Sports Composite. 

Zach Abolverdi is the Florida beat writer for SEC Country and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. 

Elite 11 QBs assess Florida commit Jake Allen: ‘He’s a pro-style Tebow’

Florida quarterback commit Jake Allen. (Giancarlo Falconi / Special to AJC)
Florida quarterback commit Jake Allen. (Giancarlo Falconi / Special to AJC)

BEAVERTON, Ore. — Whether it’s coaches, fellow recruits or even future rivals, Florida commit Jake Allen has a way of winning people over.

Last month, the 4-star quarterback from St. Thomas Aquinas High School (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) competed in the Elite 11 finals, an annual competition for the top QBs in the nation. Allen impressed Trent Dilfer and George Whitfield Jr. at the camp, and he finished third in the Elite 11 pro day contest.

Allen, one of 24 quarterbacks who competed, didn’t place in the top 12 and earn an invite to The Opening, Nike’s annual football camp for elite recruits. But the signal-callers who did make it there spoke highly of the future Gator.

Alabama QB commit Tua Tagovailoa (Elite 11 MVP): “Jake is an enthusiastic guy. That’s probably one of my best friends I made at this camp. He’s just a funny, lovable guy. He’s awesome, man. He’s not only a vocal leader, but he can spread the ball out. He has a great arm. Florida is lucky to get someone like him. I think he’s going to do something special. With his leadership and talent, he’s a pro-style (Tim) Tebow.”

Georgia QB commit Jake Fromm: “Jake is a great QB but a great guy as well. I ended up rooming with him. I thought it was kind of funny because of the Florida-Georgia rivalry. We didn’t pull any pranks on each other, though. But he’s someone I’ll have to compete against for the next four years, and I’ll enjoy it. He’s very knowledgeable. He can read defensive coverages and knows where to go with the ball.”

LSU QB commit Myles Brennan: “Jake is accurate and precise. He’s big and has a powerful arm. He goes through his progressions. He’s an all-around great quarterback. I spent a lot of time with him because he was in my group the whole time. He was always leading our group. Him and I became really close. I think there’s big things to come for him. He’ll be in a great system at Florida and I hope to see him on Saturdays.”

Ohio State QB commit Tate Martell: “Jake’s a great player. I’ve been around him a lot, going to Steve Clarkson’s camp and then at the Elite 11. I have nothing but respect for him. He can gel with all his guys on the field pretty fast, and that’s a good strength for him to have. As a quarterback, he’s an accurate passer that can deliver the ball on time. He’s also consistent. I have no doubt he can make an impact at Florida.”

Zach Abolverdi is the Florida beat writer for SEC Country and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. 

Recruiting: Gators pushing hard for 5-star Ohio State commit Shaun Wade

Head coach Jim McElwain of the Florida Gators waves to the crowd after the game against the Mississippi Rebels on October 3, 2015 in Gainesville, Florida. (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images)
Head coach Jim McElwain of the Florida Gators waves to the crowd after the game against the Mississippi Rebels on October 3, 2015 in Gainesville, Florida. (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images)

We’re right in the middle of the offseason, but recruiting never stops.

Here’s some of the latest recruiting news involving the Gators: Continue reading “Recruiting: Gators pushing hard for 5-star Ohio State commit Shaun Wade”

Recruiting: Four 2017 Gators commits make new ESPN 300 list

There’s good news and there’s bad news for the Gators.

Daquon Green (Photo from 247 Sports)
Daquon Green (Photo from 247 Sports)

ESPN released its first list of the top 300 football prospects in the Class of 2017 on Wednesday. That’s not the good news or the bad news. Continue reading “Recruiting: Four 2017 Gators commits make new ESPN 300 list”

Mailbag: Does WR Tyrie Cleveland have a chance to start as freshman?

As we move closer to Florida’s spring football game, let’s take some time to answer some of your questions.

Tyrie Cleveland (Photo from 247 Sports)
Tyrie Cleveland (Photo from 247 Sports)

If you weren’t able to ask a question this week, send your questions for future mailbags via Twitter, e-mail (achiang@pbpost.com) or Facebook.) Continue reading “Mailbag: Does WR Tyrie Cleveland have a chance to start as freshman?”

Video: Gators QB commit Jake Allen shows passing accuracy while hovering over water

Jake Allen is accurate.

Jake Allen (Bleacher Report)
Jake Allen (Bleacher Report)

How accurate is Allen? The 2017 Gators quarterback commit hit multiple targets with his passes while hovering over the water with a jetpack in a fun Bleacher Report video. Continue reading “Video: Gators QB commit Jake Allen shows passing accuracy while hovering over water”

Florida Gators: An early look at upcoming recruiting classes

Signing day 2016 is long gone. But how are the Gators’ upcoming recruiting classes shaping up?

Florida Gators head coach Jim McElwain speaks during an introductory press conference on December 6, 2014 in Gainesville, Florida. McElwain has left Colorado State and replaces ex-Florida coach Will Muschamp who was fired earlier this season. (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images)
Florida Gators head coach Jim McElwain speaks during an introductory press conference on December 6, 2014 in Gainesville, Florida. McElwain has left Colorado State and replaces ex-Florida coach Will Muschamp who was fired earlier this season. (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images)

Well, there aren’t many commits in Florida’s future classes yet. Three prospects are committed to the 2017 class, none are committed to the 2018 class and one is committed to the 2019 class. Continue reading “Florida Gators: An early look at upcoming recruiting classes”