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Drew Allar Receives No. 1 Overall Pick Hype

Photo by Matt Lynch, Nittany Sports Now: Penn State QB Drew Allar

The world “hype” has been associated with Penn State QB Drew Allar for what feels like ages.

In a PSU recruiting class filled with star power— Nicholas Singleton, Kaytron Allen and Abdul Carter all became key contributors as true freshmen in 2022– Allar was the one that got the most attention.

After all, a five-star QB is almost certainly going to be the one most people talk about regardless of who else is joining him.

In the fall of 2021, Penn State fans imagined what Allar would look like in a PSU uniform. In 2022, they saw it, but Allar spent that season backing up veteran starter Sean Clifford, so fans now imagined— if not begged to see— what Allar would look like as Penn State’s QB1. Last season, that vision came to fruition. Whether fair or not, the hype around Allar was such that the only way he would have been good enough for a portion of Penn State’s fan base would have been if he led PSU to the College Football Playoff. That didn’t happen, and it didn’t help Allar that, statistically speaking, his two worst games came in Penn State’s two biggest: losses to Ohio State and Michigan.

But it’s a new year for Allar, and at least one scout feels that he still has the makings to be the first player selected in the 2025 Draft.

“Drew Allar has only started to receive the hype he deserves,” Eric Galko, Director of Ops and Player Personnel for the East-West Shrine Bowl, posted to X (formerly Twitter) Monday morning, “not only a top quarterback prospect, but a real contender to be the first overall pick if he hits the ceiling he’s flashed in college so far.”

Allar would be making history should he go No. 1.

That’s something only two PSU players have done— Ki-Jana Carter in 1995 and Courtney Brown in 2000– and neither of them were quarterbacks.

Galko then described Allar as “an awesome blend of super high upside as a pocket and maneuvering passer, as well as an efficient, controlled, and high football IQ quarterback, and has showcased that balance throughout his college career so far.”

He then pointed out that none of Allar’s first 311 passes were intercepted, and Allar ended last season with just two interceptions compared to 25 touchdowns.

“He had the second best TD to INT ratio and second fewest “turnover worthy plays” (per @PFF_College) in the FBS last year, while still averaging 8+ average depth per target,” Galko wrote.

In a lengthy post, Galko went onto break down Allar further, and ended it by saying Allar’s “combo of high ceiling and NFL readiness will make him one of the must-watch quarterbacks for scouts and executives early in the 2024 season.”

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