Former OU quarterback Drew Allen transferring to Syracuse

Former OU quarterback Drew Allen transferring to Syracuse

[dropcap]F[/dropcap]ormer Oklahoma quarterback Drew Allen will transfer to Syracuse.

allenAllen, a senior with one year of eligibility remaining, chose Syracuse over N.C. State, according to the Syracuse Post-Standard.

“When it came down to those two schools, I knew that I honestly couldn’t go wrong,” Allen said. “Both coaching staffs are amazing, both have great players. But when it came down to it I just feel like what Coach (George) McDonald is talking about doing there at Syracuse really fits my style.”

Allen, who was granted a release from OU in late January, called it the toughest decision of his life.

“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,” he said. “With this, it was a decision that would span just 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.”

Syracuse quarterbacks coach Tim Lester made the initial call to Allen. Then he spoke with new head coach Scott Shafer, followed by McDonald. After a recent visit to Syracuse, he decided that he was a good fit for the Orange’s offense.

The 6-foot-5 and 226-pound Allen redshirted in 2009 then backed up Landry Jones the past three seasons. He saw action in 12 games over the last four years and completed 18 of his 30 pass attempts for 160 yards.

He was rated a 3-star prospect by Rivals.com out of San Antonio (Tex.) Alamo Heights High School.

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