The new West Virginia University football coaching staff is still not entirely set, but that hasn’t stopped those who are taking over in Morgantown from hitting the recruiting trail hard. The most recent offer went to Lexington (Kentucky) Catholic quarterback Beau Allen, one of the top signal callers in the class of 2020.
“Earlier (in the day), I talked with coach (Mark) Perry and he told me about the offer,” said Allen. “I was really excited.”
Perry was the director of football operations at Troy and told Allen that he would be taking on the same or similar role at West Virginia. Prior to Troy, Perry was Allen’s head coach at Lexington Catholic for two seasons, so the two already have a longstanding relationship.
Allen also has a relationship with new head coach Neal Brown and the rest of the former Troy staff. Allen visited their campus this past summer and earned an offer after performing in their prospect camp.
“They talked about how they liked my accuracy and how I had a lot of the attributes of a good quarterback,” said Allen. “And coach Perry has known me for a long time, so he knows my effort off the field, too.”
As for Allen’s connections with West Virginia, there are a few. He did hear “a little bit” from former offensive coordinator Jake Spavital, before he left for the head coaching gig at Texas State.
Allen also has multiple family members living in, or were born in, the state, particularly the Charleston area. Next up, he will take a visit to Morgantown.
“Coach Perry told me that whenever they got settled in and had everything ready, we could start setting up a visit,” said Allen. “My family and I would definitely like to visit up there.”
This past season, Allen threw for more than 3,700 yards and 42 touchdowns while also rushing for 700-plus yards and seven more scores. He holds a three-star, 0.8750-rating in the 247Sports Composite as the nation’s No. 18 pro-style quarterback. He holds offers from Michigan, Kentucky, Maryland and Washington State, among others.