Rutgers Looking At Jersey Shore Athlete

Rutgers is one of a handful of teams recruiting an athlete from the Jersey Shore about being a preferred walk-on. He attended Junior Day 12 months ago, and said he has been hearing from the staff. Find out inside who it is, and what is going on with him.

One of the top players in the talent-laden Shore Conference's class of 2011 is Matawan (N.J.) High's Jared Allison, who is being targeted as a preferred walk-on at Rutgers.

Allison, who is 5-foot-7 ½, 170 pounds, is scheduled to visit New Hampshire this weekend but could take an official visit to Rutgers next weekend.

"Rutgers is definitely a school I will look at," Allison said. "I still get things sent to my house from them."

Allison was in contact with the Scarlet Knights staff during the week, and has been to campus several times. But Rutgers is not be the only school after him.

He also holds offers from Eastern Illinois, Wagner and Bryant, and last week was contacted Miami coach Al Golden about walking on for the Hurricanes.

"I haven't spoke to (Golden) too much, but they talked to me last Friday," Allison said. "I'm not sure what I'm going to do. I'll probably know by signing day."

Allison, who played quarterback but is being recruited to play cornerback, passed for 717 yards, nine touchdowns and four interceptions as a senior. He also ran for 724 yards and eight scores.

"My favorite position is cornerback, but a lot of people say I should be on offense, with the ball in my hands," he said. "They say I have a gift to make people miss."

Allison is yet to get an offer from a FBS school, and he believes that is because of his size.

So, it could leave to a difficult decision in a few weeks, take a scholarship to a FCS school or walk-on and try to earn a scholarship at a FBS school.

"I think that is something that I have to think about," Allison said. "Walking on, you're taking a risk. You can go out and not make and not (earn) a scholarship, and you're wasting money on it."

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