Where Neal Brown will look after QB Beau Allen pledges to Kentucky

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — West Virginia came up short in its attempt to land four-star quarterback Beau Allen, who committed to Kentucky on Monday.

The result was to be expected. For as well as new Mountaineers coach Neal Brown knows Lexington, Ky., WVU isn’t physically there, and Lexington native Allen decided he didn’t want to leave the Bluegrass State.

Allen told reporters that after paying an official visit to Kentucky’s campus this weekend, “I knew all I needed to know. This was the time I could really make this decision.”

Fortunately for WVU, a second quarterback is a luxury to add to its 2020 recruiting class. The Mountaineers have already landed a commitment from Tallahasee, Fla. native Garrett Greene and can continue looking for another player at that position with a minimum of pressure.

Now that Allen is out of the picture, here are a couple other quarterback candidates West Virginia is trying to impress.

Michael Alaimo

If he comes to West Virginia, this quarterback could potential give Texans a different kind of Alaimo to remember over the course of his college career.

The 6-foot-4, 208-pound four-star recruit is currently the 11th-ranked pro-style quarterback in the Class of 2020. The native of Montvale, N.J. took a visit to West Virginia during the program’s junior day in February. Alaimo’s recruitment doesn’t appear as close to the finish line as Allen’s. Big offers are starting to roll in, as Michigan State provided one of his more noteworthy offers on April 30.

Other programs to offer Alaimo at this point are Purdue, North Carolina, Pitt, Cal, Rutgers, Kansas, Cincinnati and Temple.

Evan Simon

What will Simon say on signing day? We don’t know yet.

The 6-3, 200-pound three-star quarterback from Manheim, Pa. has received plenty of mid-major offers and is starting to gain steam in the Power 5. In particular, the old rivalry between WVU and Pitt is playing out in his recruitment. Simon has visited both programs twice, and has offers from each. If it’s a much taller range of mountains Simon is looking to live in, he has also visited Colorado.

Simon’s spring visits also included trips to Temple and Cincinnati.

While Brown surely would have liked to have his quarterback recruitment wrapped up before summertime, Simon and Alaimo are proof that plenty of talent remains at the position.

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