Jersey Shore ATH to attend Junior Day?

After leading his team to the Central Jersey Group 2 title by standing out as a cornerback and quarterback, the player was invited to Rutgers' Junior Day and talks about whehter he will attened. He is hearing from a quartet of Big East schools, runs a 4.4 and projects out to a cornerback.

One of the top class of 2011 athletes on the Jersey Shore is Matawan Regional (Aberdeen, N.J.) quarterback/safety Jared Allison.

Allison attended the U.S. Army national combine in San Antonio last week, and said he would attend Rutgers' Junior Day on Saturday, providing a scheduling snafu doesn't materialize.

"They're a good program,'' Allison said. "They did well this season. I could go there and help them out to get better. I went to a few games they invited me to, (and) if I didn't have a game I would watch them.''

The 5-foot-8, 170-pound Allison is a dynamic athlete who plays quarterback and cornerback, and returns the odd kick.

He is getting letters from Connecticut, Rutgers, Boston College and Syracuse, and could see markedly more interest once his junior tape makes the rounds.

But the immediate question is what will be Allison's position in college.

"Most of them say athlete because they're not sure yet,'' Allison said. "I'd like to go with corner. I always liked corner since I was little. To me, defensive backs are the most athletic guys on the field and usually they put you out on an island and you have to stick with the receivers one-on-one. It shows how good you are to stick wide receivers.''

Allison made 44 tackles and intercepted four passes as a cornerback in leading the Huskies to the Central Jersey Group 2 state title.

He also threw for 1,050 yards (59 of 98) with 11 touchdowns and seven interceptions, and ran 105 times for 779 yards and 10 touchdowns. And for good measure Allison added a receiving touchdown.

"I was real surprised with how well I did,'' he said. "All the hard work paid off, and I just have to get even better for next year. (The biggest improvement was) throwing the ball and standing in the pocket. I threw the ball around every weekend, trained and worked out.''

Allison said he did not get the sense anyone was ready to offer, but his visibility could increase after his performance at the U.S. Army combine, where he played cornerback.

"I did all right at the combine, but I don't know my numbers,'' he said. "I went out about 10 times and only had three or four passes caught on me. I was real happy with how it went.''


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