HOUSTON - Former Texas A&M quarterback Kyle Allen has transferred to the University of Houston.
"Anytime you can, you know, sign really good players then you've improved your program and so Kyle understands he's still got a lot of room for improvement and his goal is to be the best quarterback and best player in college football," said UH Cougars head football coach Tom Herman. "It feels like myself and Coach (Major) Applewhite and our offense can help him do it."
Allen will have to sit out the 2016 season, and will have two years of eligibility remaining. Texas A&M granted Allen his release last month.
"I think, you know, Kyle is fully aware nobody's, in our program at least, nobody's ever guaranteed a job," added Coach Herman. "They've got to go out and earn it. And we run our program as a meritocracy and you get what you earn and so he understands that, but the division and classifications now between our quarterbacks certainly helps."
Allen, who was a five-star recruit, played in 10 games for the Aggies in 2015. He threw for 2,210 yards and 17 touchdowns with five interceptions.
"Very confident, very excited," said Allen in an interview with FOX 26 Sports and the Houston Chronicle. "I remember when I used to be recruited by Tom (Herman) back in this Ohio State days, and I just remember what an awesome dude he was and what a smart guy he was. After talking with him a lot and Coach (Major) Applewhite a lot, very confident, very excited about this decision."
Allen, 6-3, 210, opened the season as the Aggies starter, leading Texas A&M to a 5-0 record. However, he later lost the starting job to Kyler Murray who has since transferred to Oklahoma.
Allen, who started the final two games of the Aggies regular season, was 9-5 in 14 starts for Texas A&M.
"I think last season was huge for Houston," added Allen. "I think it really opened a lot of people's eyes, including mine, to the power of Houston."
The University of Houston Athletics Communications Office released the following statement on Tuesday afternoon:
Houston Football head coach Tom Herman announced Tuesday former Texas A&M quarterback Kyle Allen will join the #HTownTakeover beginning with the 2016 spring semester.
Allen, who spent two seasons in College Station, will sit out the 2016 season under NCAA mandated transfer rules and will have two years of eligibility remaining beginning in 2017.
Allen, who was rated the No. 1 quarterback nationally in the 2014 class, saw action in 20 games with 14 starts in his two seasons with the Aggies. His sophomore season saw Allen lead Texas A&M in passing and total offense, completing 160-of-283 passes for 2,210 yards and 17 touchdowns against seven interceptions. Allen also added 102 yards on the ground as he became just the eighth quarterback in Texas A&M history to pass for 2,000 yards and 15 touchdowns in a season.
As a freshman, Scottsdale, Ariz., native threw for 1,322 yards and 16 touchdowns against seven interceptions on 118-of-192 passing. He closed the year with MVP honors in an AutoZone Liberty Bowl win over West Virginia, throwing for 294 yards and four touchdowns while adding 33 yards rushing against the Mountaineers.
Coming out of Desert Mountain High School in Scottsdale, Ariz., Allen was rated the nation’s top quarterback by ESPN, Rivals, Scout and 247Sports after throwing for more than 8,000 yards and 86 touchdowns over his high school career. A 2014 US Army All-American, Allen completed 186-of-272 passes as a senior for 2,535 yards and 29 touchdowns.
"It's a great day for us, so hopefully a great day for him," said Coach Herman. "A tremendous talent and beyond that, a great human being, comes from a great family. I had a chance to get to know his family extensively during his recruitment when I was at Ohio State."