After being inundated with offers, Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School (RFH) football standout Elijah McAllister has signed to play for Vanderbilt University.
The Early Football Signing Day took place in the RFH lower library on Dec. 20.
Elijah started his playing time on the RFH Varsity Football Team as a freshman, and began his sophomore year as a wide receiver. He missed his junior year due to an injury, but was, nonetheless, named to All Division and 1st Team All Shore during his senior year, and served as a team captain. In addition to playing football, Elijah is a starter on the RFH basketball team.
“Elijah has been a leader since day one here,” RFH Assistant Football Coach Jeremy Schulte said. “He was brought up as a freshman and you could tell that he was going to be something we’ve never really had here. His maturity and leadership have been what has stuck out the most over the past four years. This was his first year playing defensive end, and he did an outstanding job – earning both All Division and All Shore honors.”
Schulte noted that even when he was recovering from both ACL tears, Elijah was a constant presence on the field and in the weight room.
“Vanderbilt is getting the whole package,” said Schulte. “His athleticism and explosiveness are going to be a factor immediately. Size, strength, and arm length are all ‘x’ factors. They’re also getting a hard-working, motivational player who I’m sure will be a leader immediately. We’re all very proud and happy for Elijah.”
— Edited press release from Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School (RFH)