Wyoming's quarterback competition just got a little bit more interesting.
After he took an official visit to Laramie last weekend, Reedley College quarterback Josh Allen has verbally committed to Wyoming, Allen confirmed to the Star-Tribune Thursday night. He will sign a national letter of intent on Sunday.
“The coaches struck me as good guys," Allen said. "That’s what I was looking for, coaches that will take you in and treat you like one of their own children. The players that I met treated me just like one of their own teammates already. It’s just a very family-like atmosphere, and I really liked that.”
Allen -- a 6-foot-5, 215-pound quarterback -- passed for 2,055 yards with 26 touchdown passes and five interceptions last season, while running for 660 yards and 10 more scores.
But his skill set, Allen said, wasn't always so versatile.
“I would consider myself a passing quarterback that has the ability to run," he said. "I don’t necessarily like running. I use it when I have to. It’s a tool that I developed last year at the junior college level.
"In high school, I wasn’t much of a running threat. But I spent time in the weight room and went through speed drills with coaches and other players, and it really helped develop me.”
Allen's most immediate task after arriving in Laramie this winter will be digesting a new offense. Having previously run the spread, the junior college transfer acknowledged, but also welcomes, the challenge that lies ahead.
“Coach Vigen was going over some of the play calls and formations and stuff like that with me," Allen said. "It’s not easy. Definitely not. But I do look forward to the next step and going towards the NFL, and it will definitely prepare me more than the spread.”
Wyoming's newest quarterback, who will enroll immediately for the spring semester and have three years of eligibility, also had a scholarship offer from Eastern Michigan.
But when tasked with choosing between the two, there was no comparison.
“They were the first ones coming after me," Allen said of Eastern Michigan. "But I just couldn’t picture myself there, and I felt like Wyoming was a really good fit.”
Allen is the first quarterback to commit to Wyoming in head coach Craig Bohl's 2015 signing class, and probably the last. Overall, he is the 15th verbal scholarship commit in the class.
“That will be addressed in recruiting," Bohl said of the quarterback situation a few weeks ago. "What we would like to do is just add a quarterback every year."
Wyoming certainly has a void to fill under center, as redshirt senior quarterback Colby Kirkegaard's departure makes room for a new starter in 2015. The Cowboys currently have five scholarship quarterbacks -- senior Cameron Coffman, junior Tom Thornton, redshirt sophomore Aaron Young and redshirt freshmen Austin Fort and Nick Smith -- on their roster.
Allen, who was overlooked during his high school career in California, is eager to join that competition.
“It was very hard to get some D-I schools looking at me," said Allen, who grew up in a small town. "I told myself that I was going to be a D-I quarterback. Going the JUCO route just helped improve my chances, and I was hoping some D-I schools would look at me.
"Wyoming was that school.”