Zach Allen's journey has one more step.
The one-time Syracuse commit, who flipped to TCU back in January of 2013, will enroll at Rutgers this summer after spending the last three season serving in various roles for the Horned Frogs. Allen, who is originally from Temple, was a highly sought recruit out of high school, after the 6'3" dual-threat QB threw for 2,175 yards and rushed for another 941 as a senior.
Allen arrived at TCU in the fall of 2013, and redshirted his first year. In his RS freshman season, he served as both a holder and a backup QB, seeing spot duty behind Trevone Boykin when Matt Joeckel was lost to injury. Zach tried his hand at wide receiver in 2015, but struggled to get on the field as the Frogs signed a myriad of talented pass-catchers in the 2014 and 2015 classes.
Now a redshirt junior, Zach will have two seasons of eligibility, and as a graduate transfer, be cleared to play immediately upon setting foot on campus at Rutgers.
After a long process of decision making, I have decided that I want to play football at Rutgers! I'm excited to enroll and compete.— Zach Allen (@ZachAllen_12) June 8, 2016
Though he threw only a couple passes while a member of the TCU Football team, he was a fan favorite and a steady hand at the all-important position of holder. His work with kicker Jaden Oberkrom helped the recent grad set many scoring and kicking records for the Frogs over the past two seasons.
Though his on-field exploits weren't celebrated, his sideline presence certainly was; Allen and Boykin had one of the best celebrations in college football back in 2014:
While the chance to compete immediately for the starting QB job certainly helped ease the decision to leave TCU, Allen seems to harbor no ill-will towards his undergrad home.
"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."
We certainly wish Zach all the best going forward, and hope he has a chance to get on the field early for the Scarlet Knights.