TCPalm Super 11: John Carroll Catholic QB Jay Allen is a hit on every field
TCPalm is announcing its annual Super 11, the list of the top recruited senior football players on the Treasure Coast. TCPalm is counting down from No. 11 to No. 1, with two players announced per week. The No. 1 player will be revealed on Sunday, July 26.
FORT PIERCE — Jay Allen has a difficult decision to make at some point in the near future.
The John Carroll Catholic senior quarterback is committed to play baseball at the University of Florida, is expected to be drafted early in the 2021 Major League Baseball draft and has almost a dozen offers to play college football.
It might sound like a dream scenario — and in many ways it is — but it also comes with a great deal of pressure for the 17-year-old.
“I try not to think about or answer it some days because its constantly the same question, ‘How far into my commitment am I?’ Some days I answer. Some days I’m trying not to deal with,” Allen said. “I’m just trying to be a regular kid.
“It’s pretty hard. It’s really hard, actually. My phone is constantly blowing up with the same questions.”
Regardless of the outcome, Allen’s desire to play college football certainly will play a role.
“I’d love to play college football,” he said. “Knowing I have baseball offers, the draft is earlier than football and going through that whole process with injuries is something to think about, but I would love to play college football.”
Allen, ranked No. 7 on the TCPalm Super 11, is the top dual-threat quarterback on the Treasure Coast and has offers from several FBS programs, including Air Force, FAU, FIU and Marshall.
The 6-foot-1, 170-pounder was a finalist for TCPalm All-Area Offensive Player of the Year and was named TCPalm’s All-Area Male Athlete of the Year in 2019-20.
Allen threw for 1,725 yards and 14 touchdowns and rushed for 690 yards and eight touchdowns last fall. He had four games where he threw for at least 200 yards and rushed for 70 yards, and he accounted for at least one score in every game.
Those are impressive numbers and accomplishments for any player. They’re something different for Allen, a three-sport star — he's also a guard on the basketball team — who never truly has focused on one sport. For Allen, late July signals both the start of the football season and the end of the summer baseball season.
“If he only played football, I think he would be a five-star kid who could go to any Power 5 (school) that he wanted to,” John Carroll coach/athletic director Mickey Groody said. “If he was to pick any of the three sports and focus on that alone, it would be something really scary.
“The silver lining with us being home (because of the coronavirus pandemic) is that the baseball season was canceled, so he and I have done more technique work with his throwing form than we ever have before. He’ll send me videos, I’ll edit them and point to lines where I think his elbow should be, different things we’ve been working on. For football, we’ve met on Zoom way more than we ever would during baseball season.”
Groody has been working with Allen on his throwing motion this offseason and becoming a more consistent passer. Allen hopes to become more patient in the pocket and allow things to unfold in the passing game.
“Whenever I get outside the pocket, the first thing I want to do is run,” Allen said. “That can’t be my first priority. I have to keep my eyes downfield because when the play breaks down there’s usually someone open.”
John Carroll Catholic QB
TCPalm Super 11 rank: 7
Height, weight: 6-foot-1, 175 pounds
2019 stats/honors: 1,725 passing yards, 14 passing touchdowns, 690 rushing yards, 8 rushing touchdowns, finalist for TCPalm All-Area Offensive Player of the Year, FloridaHSFootball Class 3A all-state honorable mention, TCPalm All-Area Male Athlete of the Year
Top offers (in alphabetical order): Air Force, Coastal Carolina, FAU, FIU, Georgia Southern, Georgia State, Marshall