RU In Mix For Top QB Allan Walters
Dec 6, 2016
Peddie QB Allan Walters
Quarterback Allan Walters is regarded as one of New Jersey's most promising recruits in the 2018 class. Despite RU's struggles on the field, he tells StateOfRutgers.com that the Scarlet Knights are still very much in the mix for his services.
"I like the new staff a lot. I really like what coach [Chris] Ash is doing there. I really like his mentality, especially through a tough year like this one," Walters said in an exclusive interview. "I view it as a rebuilding year for the program. I know that he's going to turn the school around and his style of coaching is exactly what they need. For me, Rutgers is my home school, plus they have a great business program, which is important to me. I also have a great relationship with the staff there, so they're definitely in the mix for me as I get closer to my decision.
The Peddie School standout has roughly 15 months until his National Signing Day, but he tells us that he will be making his decision in the next few weeks. He holds roughly 20 offers including the likes of Alabama, Ole Miss, Vanderbilt, Arkansas, Michigan, Clemson, Texas A&M, Miami, Penn State, Tennessee, UCLA, USC, and Virginia Tech, but he made it clear that RU will be getting heavy consideration. This also isn't a situation where Walters is building suspense towards his announcement - as of this writing, he does not know where he will wind up.
Walters could opt to go to a school like Alabama where the team is in the National Championship conversation every year. Conversely, he could choose a school like Rutgers where he can help build the program from the ground up. That's a massive undertaking, but it's also a challenge that excites him.
"That's the thing. Do you want to go to a place that's already built or do you want to turn a new program into a success? Look at Andrew Luck. He went to Stanford and he'll go down in the record books there. That's something that is definitely appealing to me," the 6'1", 200 pound QB said.
Walters' maturity and confidence have made him a top prospect nationally, but the signal caller is also honest about the areas in which he needs to improve.
"I think I'm a smart player on the field. I make quick decisions and I generally make good decisions. My release is fast and I don't need a ton of time in the pocket. At the same time, I want to improve on getting faster and being better quarterback out of the pocket. Being able to make more plays on my feet will make me a more well-rounded player," Walters said.
By making his decision now, Walters can alleviate a lot of the pressure he might feel during his senior year. He's also hoping to lay the groundwork for early enrollment. Right now, it's not clear whether his high school will allow for that, but he will do everything in his power to get to campus early.
So far this year, Walters has completed an eye-popping 79% of his passes with zero interceptions.