Syracuse Football earns immediate help at quarterback- Drew Allen commits to the Orange

Drew Allen (courtesy: Instagram)

Back in January, SU Football fans were upset when high school quarterback prospect Zach Allen spurned the Orange at the last minute to go to TCU.

Little did Orange Nation know, another quarterback named Allen would pledge his services to Scott Shafer.

We learned on Friday night that Drew Allen, who will graduate from Oklahoma University in May, has decided to play out his final year of eligibility at Syracuse.

Allen will be able to play immediately this fall, in a similar scenario to the one that allowed Greg Paulus to play one year for SU Football.

The NCAA permits an extra year of eligibility for student-athletes who did not use a redshirt year and are enrolled in a Masters program at the school they transfer to.

Head Coach Scott Shafer is not permitted to speak about a recruit by name until he enrolls at the school, but Shafer took to Twitter tonight saying "#OrangeNation Our program just got stronger today!"

Allen was a backup at Oklahoma, but was playing behind a top-notch pro prospect in Landry Jones. He was a blue-chip recruit out of high school in Texas.

Certainly, the most talked about storyline in SU Spring football practice has been the battle at the quarterback position between Charley Loeb, Terel Hunt, and John Kinder, all of whom are trying to replace Ryan Nassib.

Suddenly, that quarterback battle just became a lot more interesting.

Allen is 6'5" and checks in at 226 lbs. He's only seen limited duty for the Sooners, going just 18-30 passing the ball.

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