QB Jake Allen plans to transfer from Florida

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Florida quarterback Jake Allen looks for a receiver during Saturday's spring game at Florida Field. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

Florida’s quarterback competition has become a three-man race.

Redshirt freshman Jake Allen, recruited by Jim McElwain as a pro-style quarterback, announced on Twitter that he is going to transfer to another school.

“I believe coach (Dan) Mullen is going to turn the program around and have seen the team come together,” Allen posted on his Twitter account Tuesday night. “With that said, because the offense is not the right fit for me and because I want to continue to pursue my dream to play in the NFL, I am now seeking other opportunities to play football and I am opening up my recruitment.”

Allen, a three-star prospect out of St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale, saw only limited reps in UF’s two spring scrimmages. In the spring game Saturday, working with backup players, many of them walk-ons, he completed four of seven passes for only seven yards.

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  1. Hey, Mike Winter (aka Mike Jones, Steve Jones, GatorG, GatorGod, Blackjuju, Tebowcurse, and who knows who else). I hear FSU might be in need of a QB after the police raid on Francois’ apartment today. Go FSU Crimenoles.

  2. This kid obviously has his head on straight. He realized that he was not a fit for this offensive system. Better he realize this now instead of next year. While I hate to see a loyal gator, especially a QB, leave it is the right move for him. All the best on the next stage Jake.

  3. I would love to see Jake’s name in lights with another school. He’s got talent, but needs to be in a smaller pond to really get recognized. Good luck Jake – Gator Nation will always consider you a fine Gator athlete.

  4. Best of luck Jake Allen wherever you land. Very sad to see a hard core Gator leave. No matter how many negative comments he got, still stand by Jake as better then Frank’s for the Gators. Will repectfully disagree with Mullen on this call. Just hope no big injuries happen and depth at becomes a issue. Wonder if Mullen has sights set on a Grad Transfer or who he sees as possible #4 QB this year ? Frank’s is not the answer and Trask is a hopeful with Jones as a wing and a prayer right now. Sure hope Mullen and Johnson can pull a QB out of the Hat.

    • I don’t think it’s Mullen calling that Franks is definitively better than Allen. Franks is just willing enough and athletic enough to play in Mullen’s offense. Allen just isn’t that guy. There’s nothing wrong with that, there’s no overall rule that says QB’s need to be willing to run the ball 10-15 times/game, but there is that rule if you want to play for Mullen. I wish him the best, but I fully agree with him, he’ll never be a meaningful contributor in this offense. Emory Jones will play before does and Jones is a year behind him.

  5. Painful…

    ESPN300 commits:

    Florida State: 8
    Michigan: 7
    Georgia/Alabama: 6
    A&M/Oklahoma: 5
    Miami: 4
    Notre Dame/Texas/LSU/Clemson/Michigan State/Ole Miss/Miss. State: 3
    Illinois/Ohio State/Auburn/Iowa/South Carolina/Florida/Va Tech/TCU/BYU: 2

        • And to Tim (Mike Winter). Willie has always been able to recruit well. He just has never been able to coach well. Sort of like the previous head coach at FSU. And he obviously is able to recruit kids with poor academic records and is already supporting Francois (police raid on his apt yesterday). So, I think he is following identically in Dumbo’s shoes, the CrimeNole tradition.

          • It must be part of the job interview, “Now you understand, this is the lesser of the major schools in Florida. You will be obliged to widen your net when looking for prospects and you will need to be flexible when it comes to a certain things.”

    • I always love when I see posts like Tim’s 10 months before national signing day. Tim relax, just because most of the ESPN 300 recruits ON the Gators board aren’t committing right now, doesn’t mean the world is falling. It just means they’re going through the full recruiting process before deciding. A lot of those players that are committed to those schools weren’t even being recruited by the Gators. Here’s a thought, maybe wait till signing day isn’t almost a full year away before panicking?

  6. Good luck to Jake. We had a kid once who just couldn’t fit in tge Danny w. Era. The guy went to Marshall and then the NFL. Hope this works out the same. Thank you Jake for the contribution s to the program.

  7. As a former St. Thomas Aquinas QB (47 years ago!) I have been rooting for Jake since he committed early on and was an active recruiter of others to UF. That said, I also believe he is making the right choice and will achieve his goals in a different or smaller program, much as Brisset, Driskel and Murphy did. God speed to you Jake as we wish you the best in future.

  8. That’s right poor Jimbo couldn’t coach and only lost to the mighty Gators once. Callaway was a regular Bob Marley prior to suspension but keep thinking you all run such a tight ship. There is a reason you are the most hated team in the SEC and has nothing to do with your teams it’s your delusional fan base

  9. Wonder if Mullen is thinking he should have signed Wyatt Rector to a scholarship ? Yes, get it, little love here for Wyatt. That being said, it would be a better feeling right now with him sitting solid in the #3 or #4 spot. Just don’t have a lot of faith in yet another Grad Transfer this year.
    Be better at this point to draw from current roster or walk on player. Still some unsigned HS players out there.