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Stone Bridge All-Met defensive lineman Jonathan Allen picks up offers from Maryland, Rutgers

Stone Bridge All-Met defensive lineman Jonathan Allen picked up scholarship offers last week from Rutgers and Maryland.

The junior had 20 sacks last season, which set school records for single-season and career sacks at the Ashburn powerhouse, and also forced eight fumbles.

This season, Allen started with a flourish, racking up nine sacks in the first three games. Since then, however, teams have double- and triple-teamed him, and have also employed quick drops and passes to avoid the impact he can have.

“He’s getting close,” Stone Bridge Coach Mickey Thompson said. “But they’re keying on him and it’s a lot of catch and boom, throw. They tell them to get it out because he’s coming.”

Though the sacks have slowed, Allen has still found a way to have an impact. In the No. 10 Bulldogs’ comeback win against Broad Run, Allen had all three stops on a goal-line stand that turned the game, breaking through the line on each handoff.

The 6-3, 225-pound junior has 50 tackles, including 38 first hit, through the first six games.

According to Thompson, Allen has been inundated with invitations for campus visits from schools that are trying to gauge his interest before extending a scholarship offer.

“It’s 40-50 pieces of mail a day, it’s ridiculous,” Thompson said. “I just hand him the stuff.”

Allen also has offers from Virginia, Boston College, N.C. State and Wake Forest.



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