The domino effect is a chain reaction that occurs when a small change causes a similar change nearby, which then causes another similar change, and so on in linear sequence. –Wikipedia
Texas A&M is no longer an option for the nation's top dual-threat QB Brandon Harris following Kyle Allen's commitment on Monday.
That definition definitely applies when talking national quarterback prospects and recruiting.
The Kyle Allen Domino
On Monday afternoon, Scottsdale (Ariz.) Desert Mountain signal-caller Kyle Allen gave his pledge to Texas A&M, which will certainly have an impact on other touted quarterbacks, along with the major universities that were courting the Top100 prospect.
Allen chose to play for Kevin Sumlin and the Aggies over his other finalists, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma State and UCLA.
The Brandon Harris Domino
Allen’s commitment to the Aggies takes Texas A&M off the board for the nation’s top-dual threat quarterback according to 247Sports in Brandon Harris. The Bossier City (La.) Parkway standout had the Aggies as one of his favorite and a few analysts on the 247Sports Crystal Ball predicted him to land in College Station.
The perceived favorite for Harris at this point is LSU, with Alabama, Auburn and Ohio State as the other players. With that being said, Harris had great visits to both Tuscaloosa and Columbus over the weekend and it wouldn’t be surprising to see him end up in a Crimson Tide or Buckeyes uniform. Though you can never rule out the in-state Tigers with a Louisiana prospect.
Harris said on Saturday at the Elite 11 Quarterback Competition that he will announce his college decision on July 18.
The nation's top pro-style QB David Cornwell is waiting on word from Alabama. He could also very well end up at Tennessee.
The LSU Domino
The Tigers would love to take Harris and DeShone Kizer, who checks in as the nation’s No. 4 dual-threat quarterback according to the 247Composite.
LSU head coach Les Miles and offensive coordinator Cam Cameron were both in Columbus, Ohio this past Saturday for the Elite 11 Regional, where both Harris and Kizer performed well. Miles and Cameron were allowed to attend because they had sons participating in the same event.
Besides LSU, Kizer is still considering offers from Alabama and Tennessee, and remains in touch with Ohio State and Notre Dame. The Toledo (Ohio) Central Catholic playmaker is scheduled to visit Alabama on Thursday and LSU on Friday. The Crimson Tide scholarship is currently a non-committable offer.
The Alabama Domino
That takes us to Alabama, which will have played host to its top five quarterback targets within a week’s time.
Harris was the first.
LSU and Tennessee would love to have the nation's No. 4 dual-threat QB DeShone Kizer, who is also waiting on word from Alabama while talking with Notre Dame and Ohio State.
Kizer visits Thursday but won’t throw.
After digesting everything they’ve learned about each player, Alabama will then extend a committable offer to the prospect they want. From there it’s expected that player will jump on the opportunity and join the Crimson Tide fold.
Cornwell and Kizer are clearly the guys at the top of the Vols board at this point.
If Alabama passes on Cornwell, he could fall to them.
Kizer told 247Sports over the weekend he’d like to get to Knoxville in the near future.
Ohio State Domino
Ohio State was definitely high on Allen and hoping to get him to visit later this month, however the Buckeyes can remain patient at the position.
Brandon Harris is the top target for Urban Meyer and he and his staff are definitely in the mix to land him following his aforementioned trip to campus.
Apopka (Fla.) High quarterback Zack Darlington has an Ohio State offer and is tentatively scheduled to visit in the middle of June.
Depending on what happens with Harris moving forward, two other targets could be Arkansas soft commit Rafe Peavey or Kizer. Peavey could possibly earn a Buckeyes offer in camp and Kizer remains in regular touch with the staff.
The Notre Dame Domino
The Irish had Allen at the top of their board, and with him selecting Texas A&M, expect the Irish coaching staff to reconvene before deciding what to do moving forward.
Notre Dame has plenty of different options.
Cornwell, Park and Thousand Oaks (Calif.) Oaks Christian’s Brandon Dawkins have offers. They could seriously pursue one of those targets.
The Irish can reassess the board and extend new offers to prospects like Kizer, who has been keeping in touch.
Brian Kelly and company could sit back and gear up to take two in 2015, and the Irish would have a great chance to sign a pair of Top247 prospects if they wanted in Jack Beneventi of Lisle (Ill.) Benet Academy and James Morgan of Green Bay (Wis.) Ashwaubenon.
Sounds like a race between these two South Carolina quarterbacks for the spot at Virginia Tech.
Park is considered a Hokies lean, but as he waits on word from Alabama, Rudolph could beat him to the punch in choosing Blacksburg.
Rudolph’s Crystal Ball currently reads 60-40 in favor of Virginia Tech over LSU, which would not take him right now.
Park’s Crystal Ball reads 100 percent for the Hokies, but doesn't seem to be in a hurry to commit.
Virginia Tech will take the first one in the boat and call it a day.
-Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy Top247 quarterback Michael O'Connor will announce his college decision on Saturday, and Penn State looks like the pick regardless of what new offers may come in.
-Stanford remains the pick for the nation’s top pro-style quarterback according to the 247Composite in Palo Alto (Calif.) High’s Keller Chryst. He is also still considering Pittsburgh and USC.
-Jacksonville (Fla.) Ribault dual-threat quarterback D.J. Gillins will be an interesting one to keep an eye on. The nation’s No. 2 dual-threat quarterback according to 247Sports is coming off an injury as a junior. He’s special when healthy and if he can find his form again, the big fish could dive back in.
National Recruiting Director JC Shurburtt contributed to this story.
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