Drew Allen will transfer from Oklahoma to Syracuse for his final year of eligibility.
The 6-foot-5, 226-pound quarterback revealed the move Friday in a conversation with the Syracuse Post-Standard. The former high school All-American said:
“It is the toughest decision of my life just because of the uniqueness of the situation. Coming out of high school, I was basically deciding where I was going to go for the next four or five years of my life. With this, it was a decision that would span a matter of months – a one-year deal.
“So it’s been a long process, and I’m really excited that it’s come down to me going to Syracuse.”
Drew Allen’s transfer on a one-year deal makes him the perfect catch for first-year coach Scott Shafer. Shafer, who is unable to release an official statement about Allen until the San Antonio senior is enrolled at Syracuse, has been left to fill the gap left by Ryan Nassib. Allen is the perfect fit.
Allen also told the Post-Standard he chose Syracuse over ACC division rival NC State due to his relationship with offensive coordinator George McDonald:
“When it came down to those two schools, I knew that I honestly couldn’t go wrong. Both coaching staffs are amazing; both have great players. But when it came down to it, I just feel like what Coach McDonald is talking about doing there at Syracuse really fits my style.”
However, it’s still unknown whether Allen will be a shoo-in for the starting spot at Syracuse. The quarterback said Syracuse staff had not guaranteed him an automatic spot, something that pleased Allen. He says:
“I can assure you that the schools that contacted me, not one single school made that promise, and I didn’t expect them to. Honestly, if a school did that, I don’t know if I would really hold them to a high regard. That’s not how I do things. I’ve had to compete the past four years, I’ve had to compete all my life.”