Final Wednesday, Kentucky Wildcats quarterback, Beau Allen introduced his determination to enter the switch portal. Whereas he may nonetheless technically return to Kentucky, it appears like Allen is heading elsewhere, perhaps to Tarleton State.
A category of 2020 recruit who spent the previous few seasons because the backup quarterback for the Cats, Allen has determined to pursue taking part in time elsewhere. That now leaves the Huge Blue Nation with one query: What does the longer term seem like?
Let’s begin with the upcoming season.
With fall camp arriving, Allen was competing to be QB2 this season behind the apparent starter in Will Levis. Now that Allen is gone, it is going to be as much as Deuce Hogan, Kaiya Sheron or Destin Wade to lock down the backup spot.
Even with Allen on the roster, there had been rumblings that Hogan is perhaps nearer to that QB2 spot than anticipated after transferring in from Iowa. So for this season, Wealthy Scangarello and firm ought to be simply fantastic.
The large query now in play is what occurs in 2023?
It has been anticipated that the UK workers would look to the switch portal to seek out somebody to compete with Allen subsequent season. That plan is now solidified, as subsequent season’s starter is probably going taking part in his faculty soccer elsewhere at the moment.
What this transfer does do is make the Cats additionally need to ponder going after a backup from the portal as properly.
Do they like what they’ve in Hogan, Wade and/or Sheron sufficient to be comfy? That query is but to be decided, however on the lookout for two switch QBs is unquestionably an possibility that wasn’t fairly on the desk till Allen’s switch.
Whereas Hogan could possibly be a dependable backup, he has but to show he’s able to being an efficient full-time starter at a Energy 5 college.
With Sheron, there’s little or no on him after he joined the group as a mid-year enrollee in 2021 however ended up redshirting.
As for Wade, he’s a 4-star signee from the 2022 class, although that was as an athlete recruit. Kentucky is giving him an opportunity to compete at quarterback, but it surely’s extra probably that he finally ends up transitioning to a different place.
As for the 2023 class, Kentucky doesn’t have a pledge from a QB and isn’t at the moment anticipated to land one.
Once you have a look at recruiting, it’s plain and easy: This workers must land a QB prospect within the class of 2024.
In the course of the Mark Stoops’ tenure, that has been the lacking piece once you have a look at recruiting boards. They’ve landed commitments from big-time prospects however haven’t bought them to stay.
With a number of names within the class they’re excited by, now could be the time to show the nook.
Does the departure of Beau Allen stink? Completely.
Nevertheless, this workers has proven time and time once more they will make it work. Now it’s simply hoping that stays true.