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KeVaughn Allen Commits to Florida over Arkansas, UConn, & Several Others

Arkansas loses one of its premiere in-state talents to a conference foe.

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Four-star junior KeVaughn Allen of North Little Rock verbally committed to Billy Donovan and the Florida Gators Wednesday, according to several recruiting outlets.

Allen is regarded as the No. 10 shooting guard in the class of 2015, and is the second piece to the Gators recruiting class.

While some believe Arkansas didn't have much of a shot at the junior to begin with, it still stings for Mike Anderson and company not to be able to land yet another premiere in-state talent.

Allen chose the Gators over offers from Arizona, UConn, Baylor, Lousiville and Arkansas.

Personally, I hate to see any Arkansas kid leave the state, especially with the talent Allen has. But going to another SEC school is a slap in the face to UA, and now, Arkansas has to face him up to three times a year. Oh joy.

But now Allen is on the growing list of in-state stars that Arkansas has missed on, joining the likes of Archie Goodwin, James Anderson, AJ Walton, and Jamal Jones if you want to go back a few years (and if I missed anyone, which I'm sure I did, feel free to put it in the comments).

No question nabbing Allen would have been absolutely huge for Mike Anderson and his staff. Arkansas still has at least two scholarships to play with in the 2015 class (and more if anyone leaves early after next season), and we'll see who they end up with. The Hogs are hoping to land Jimmy Whitt out of Columbia, Missouri, who is about the same size and plays the same position as Allen. Allen is rated higher than Witt on ESPN and Scout, but Whitt is rated higher on Rivals. Miss on Whitt and Allen and that's a huge whiff for the Hogs it appears.

But now there's even more pressure to sign Malik Monk for 2016, right?