With only two scholarship quarterbacks currently on campus, the Texas Longhorns could use some depth at the position and Kyle Allen of the Houston Cougars could be a perfect fit.
According to Alex Dunlap of Orangebloods and Chip Brown of Horns Digest, Allen is on track to become a graduate transfer with two seasons of eligibility remaining, sparking speculation that he could follow Tom Herman to Austin.
Allen sat out the 2016 season as a result of NCAA transfer rules after leaving the Texas A&M Aggies last December.
Unsurprisingly, Herman was a major factor in that decision, Allen told FOX Sports.
"I just have a lot of trust in Coach [Tom] Herman,” Allen said. “He had recruited me in high school [when Herman was at Ohio State]. I had gotten to know him extremely well. I know he can really help me grow as a man and get to the NFL."
The 6’3, 210-pounder was the nation’s No. 10 prospect overall and the top pro-style quarterback nationally in the 2014 recruiting class out of Scottsdale (Ariz.) Desert Mountain, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings.
In two seasons with the Aggies, Allen started 14 games, including throwing for 2,210 yards and 17 touchdowns with seven interceptions while battling through injury last season.
As a freshman, he capped his season by throwing for 294 yards and four touchdowns against West Virginia in the Liberty Bowl.
In recent years, Herman’s offenses at Iowa State, Ohio State, and Houston have all primarily used dual-threat quarterbacks. However, since freshman Shane Buechele struggled down the stretch and doesn’t present much of a threat with his legs, it’s not out of the question that the taller and more experienced Allen could compete for the starting job if he comes to Texas.
Westlake quarterback Sam Ehlinger, one of the few pledges in the 2017 Texas class, will be on campus as an early enrollee starting in January.