Rutgers always finds a way to one-up itself in a quarterback battle, and coach Chris Ash did exactly that Wednesday afternoon.
The Scarlet Knights added another competitor to an already hot position battle, and he comes with a dynamic skillset. TCU graduate transfer Zach Allen enrolls at Rutgers for the second summer session, after he announced his commitment three days after the end of an official visit.
“One of the main reasons I wanted to be a graduate transfer was getting a degree from Texas Christian University and have that under my belt.” Allen said. “I have a chance to get my master's and get my MBA in two years. … I'm back home and my dad and I are probably going to drive up and enroll on Monday at Rutgers and get going.”
Allen looks forward to an offense under play-caller Drew Mehringer, who impressed as a Tom Herman understudy at Houston.
“It definitely wasn't a negative,” Allen said on Mehringer's Lonestar State ties. “We have a lot of similarities. He's a young, smart coach that knows what he's doing. With him and coach Ash, they're going to build this Rutgers program up and I'm excited to be a part of it.”
The official visit weekend sold Allen quickly on Rutgers, he said.
Allen met with players during the visit, including veteran receiver Vance Matthews, and spent an afternoon watching Rutgers camp with Mehringer and Ash.
“I really wanted to get around the players and coaches and get a feel for who I got along with the best and get a sense of the guys and how I'm going to be hanging out with these guys and competing with those guys,” he said.
Allen chose Rutgers partially because of his fit in the offense. Allen, who moved to receiver at TCU, brings a mix of athleticism and the ability to stretch the field.
“Making the decision to try to move to wide receiver wasn't my best decision,” he said. “I should have stayed at quarterback. I enjoyed the process of learning new things but I am thrilled to be back 100 percent at quarterback. I'm trying to help the team out, and now I get to help the team out at my position.”
Allen has two years of eligibility as a graduate transfer and projects to immediately compete for a starting job.