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Syracuse Football: Zach Allen Spurns Orange For Second Time, Transfers to Rutgers

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After decommiting from the Orange in 2013, Allen went to TCU where he was a non-factor. Allen decided to transfer this year and, after considering Rutgers and Syracuse, decided on the Scarlet Knights.

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For the second time in roughly three years, Zach Allen has chosen to play football somewhere other than Central New York. Allen was once a prized recruit for Doug Marrone, committed to enroll in Syracuse's Class of 2013.

Then Marrone bolted for Buffalo in early January of 2013. About a week later Syracuse learned that Allen had decided to decommit and committed to TCU, where he went on to throw a total of two passes in three seasons. In 2014 he was the holder and the backup quarterback. In 2015 Allen attempted to earn some playing time, when he made the switch from quarterback to wide receiver.

Flash-forward to this May when Zach announced he was transferring from TCU:

Many thought that Syracuse could be a potential landing spot due to the history between the two, but Syracuse didn't really need a QB. Turns out Syracuse almost was THE landing spot for Allen, as reported by Syracuse.com's Stephen Bailey.

"The 6-foot-3 210-pound redshirt junior, who can play immediately, said previously that he was down to RU and Syracuse via text message. He visited Central New York last Wednesday-Friday before touring Rutgers."

As a senior at Temple High School in Texas, he threw for 2,175 yards and 24 TD's and also ran for 940 yards and scored nine TD's. Allen had offers from big time programs such as Clemson, Oklahoma St, Kansas St, among others.

Syracuse is pretty stacked at quarterback having Eric Dungey, Austin Wilson, Rex Culpepper, and Zach Mahoney all in the fold. They will also be joined by freshman preferred walk-on Mo Hasan.

Allen is also a member of the Elite 11 QB fraternity, which we saw Syracuse commit Tommy DeVito join this past weekend.