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Auburn Recruiting Profile - Elijah McAllister



High School

Elijah McAllister played defensive end, outside linebacker, tight end, and wide receiver for Rumson-Fair Haven High School in Rumson, New Jersey. The team did not lose more than three games in a season with McAllister on the roster.


Outside of football, he played power forward and center for the high school’s basketball team.


He received college football scholarship offers from Temple, Rutgers, Syracuse, Monmouth (FCS), Tennessee, Bowling Green, Boston College, Penn (FCS), Wake Forest, Michigan State, Yale (FCS), Buffalo, Dartmouth (FCS), FIU, & Vanderbilt.


Vanderbilt Career

Elijah McAllister committed to Vanderbilt on December 20th, 2017 and his college career officially began with the Commodores.


McAllister was redshirted in his freshman season, keeping McAllister from seeing the field as a young promising athlete.


In 2019, he earned playing time in 11 of 12 games, racking up 26 tackles, 2.5 sacks, two fumble recoveries, and even a touchdown.


In 2020, McAllister tore his ACL for the second time since high school. Preventing him from see the field and ending his season. A medical redshirt was implemented.


As a fifth year senior in 2021, McAllister was finally named the starting defensive end. Throughout the season, he tallied 23 tackles (12 assisted) and one interception.


The 2022 season was classified as McAllister’s sixth year Covid season. He got to play in all 12 games for the first time in his Vanderbilt career. Unfortunately, it was an unproductive season, recording only 16 tackles and just one fumble recovery.


After the season, he decided to enter his name into the transfer portal to see what interest he could garner after being a highly sought after high school recruit.


Auburn career

On December 20th, 2022, three star transfer Elijah McAllister, a seventh year senior, started bleeding orange and blue by officially committing to the Auburn Tigers.



This is an excellent depth grab for the Auburn defense. As far as Elijah McAllister starting, I just don’t see it happening. There is just too much firepower in front of him in Jalen McLeod.


Last season, Jalen McCloud recorded six sacks for the App State Mountaineers before transferring to Auburn. He was graded as 86.6 on PFF.


Whether McAllister is put at the defensive end or if they take him off the line and use him as a linebacker, he will be coming off the bench behind either Linebacker Jalen McLeod or Defensive End Marcus Harris.


Transfer rankings were pulled from 247Sports and Rivals.


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