Prep football | Palmetto quarterback Jack Allison commits to Miami Hurricanes

Rising junior picks Canes over UCF, USF, Tennessee

jlembo@bradenton.comJune 25, 2014 




BRADENTON -- Jack Allison didn't plan to make a college commitment so early.

But after taking a second visit to the University of Miami, he knew that was where he wanted to be.

The Palmetto High quarterback committed to the Hurricanes on Monday, an early decision considering he doesn't graduate high school for another two years.

Allison said he got along well with Miami's coaches, including James Coley, who coaches the Canes quarterbacks. He also liked the athletic facilities.

"And their academics are fantastic," Allison said Tuesday afternoon. "It was a perfect fit."

Allison won the starting job last year at Palmetto and threw for 1,778 yards and 15 touchdowns as a sophomore. Those numbers, coupled with his 6-foot-7 frame, made him attractive to Miami, UCF, USF and Tennessee, all of which made offers.

But he said he is firm in his decision to be a Hurricane.

"It wasn't really a preference that I would commit early," Allison said. "But after my second visit (to Miami), I thought about it a lot and prayed about it."

The Hurricanes went 9-4 last season, 5-3 in the ACC, and qualified for the Russell Athletic Bowl, where they suffered a 36-0 loss against Louisville.

Allison's current team, the Tigers, open the regular season Aug. 29 at Venice.

Allison said he is relieved to get his college decision out of the way so early.

"Now I can focus on winning a state championship at Palmetto," he said.

This time last season, Allison was an unknown to those outside of Tigers camp. Then he beat out incumbent Chris Tuten for the starting job and helped lead Palmetto to a program-record fourth straight playoff berth.

Now he's a Miami-bound quarterback with a successful season under his belt. The secret is out, but Allison said he will be ready for the expectations.

"I'm excited for that challenge," he said.

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