Matawan’s Jared Allison Commits to New Hampshire

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Matawan senior quarterback/defensive back Jared Allison has verbally committed to New Hampshire  late Wednesday night, which was first reported by the Asbury Park Press.

Allison, who said as early as Wednesday afternoon that he had not made a decision yet, had taken official visits to New Hampshire, Eastern Illinois, Bryant and Wagner. At 5-foot-8, 165 pounds, he is projected to play wide receiver for New Hampshire, which also secured a commitment from Barnegat senior wide receiver Mike DeTroia.

Allison was a rare four-year starter at quarterback for the Huskies and led them to a record of 22-2 in his final two seasons, including a Central Jersey Group II title in 2009 and an appearance in the CJ II final this past fall.

“After talking with my family and deciding where I wanted to get my degree, this is the place that I felt was best,” Allison said about New Hampshire.

Allison also had interest from Rutgers as a preferred walk-on, but decided to go to a program that has been a Football Championship Subdivision (Division I-AA) power, reaching the quarterfinals of the FCS playoffs this past fall and competing in the high-level Colonial Athletic Association. Former Toms River East star running back Nico Steriti is at UNH and former Howell star Ryan McGuinness just finished his career as a starting defensive back this fall.

Allison was a two-time, first team All-Conference selection by All Shore Media and was selected as the Shore Conference’s Most Valuable Player this fall.

A big reason Matawan won 22 of its last 23 games was because of the play of the electrifying Allison, one of the hardest players to defend in the Shore Conference. He finished 43-for-93 for 824 yards and 10 touchdowns passing and ran for a team-high 866 yards and 10 touchdowns but had nearly 2,000 total yards when you factor in his special teams production. He had punt return touchdowns of 92 and 80 yards in the state playoffs and also caught a touchdown pass during the season in addition to having multiple special teams scores during the regular season.  Allison also was a starting defensive back and a playmaker in the secondary.


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