Navy offers McAllister

Colin McAllister of Boothwyn (Pa.) Chichester is one of those prototypical overlooked linemen with big upside Navy loves to go after. A tough as nails competitor at a high school that has never made a playoff appearance, McAllister made 26 tackles for loss in his senior season.

Navy joined Marist as schools to offer McAlister in the month of December.

"The Navy offer just came in a couple of weeks ago," McAllister said. "They love my toughness in the interior and think I can come in a play the nose. Coach (Dale) Pehrson told me that I have good size to play on the d-line at Navy.

"I'm pleased to have a Navy offer. It's definitely a college that has a lot of tradition that everyone knows about and appreciates. I love their rivalry games with Notre Dame and Army. Competing at that level against those kinds of teams has always been a goal of mine. It looks like a good place to be. The education and football give Navy a desirable package. It's something I have to consider. Going to the Naval Academy could potentially set me up for life."

In his third year at a starter at Chichester High School, located just a dozen miles west of Philadelphia, McAllister moved over to center on offense, but would make the switch to "three-technique" defensive tackle, rarely ever coming out of the game. Marist has offered at offensive lineman, while Navy for the defensive side, but McAllister wants to go where he play early.

"I actually really liked playing the center position because it allows you control of the line," he said. "Marist is recruiting me for the offensive line at center or guard. I enjoy playing on both side of the ball. I've been doing it throughout my high school career, but I'm leaning towards defense. Early on I was more offensive-minded, but than I started to really develop my game defensively. I would say, though, I'm fairly even at both. If the depth chart at the college I go to is weighed heavily on one side and needs me on offense, then I'd gladly play there. The determining factor will probably be where the need is, but I'm open to playing either one.

"I've been talking with Army's Coach (John) Loose. He's going to get back with me about an offer after Christmas break. I'll be setting up and official visit to Navy and already have one set with Marist. I'd like to talk with the players on my visits and get their feedback on the program. It all depends on how comfortable I am being there."

Although Chichester was just 3-8 this season, they lost four games by less than a touchdown (two by only one point). McAllister was named second team All-District at defensive line in the Delaware Valley.

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