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AC 2 Jarren McBryde forces a fumble on Hammonton ball carrier 12 Christian Mortellite during the first half. Friday October 28 2011 Hammonton at Atlantic City High School Football. (The Press of Atlantic City / Ben Fogletto)

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Atlantic City High School senior Jarren McBryde will no longer be listed as an all-purpose football player.

The 6-foot, 192-pound dual threat signed a national letter of intent Thursday to continue his football career at Virginia Union University in Richmond, Va.

The 18-year-old Brigantine resident said he received a full scholarship and is being looked at as a safety at the NCAA Division II school.

McBryde was named a Press First Team All-Star for his accomplishments at quarterback and safety this fall.

"I kind of got thrown in at quarterback, but defense is something I've always wanted to play in college," McBryde said. "When I was 5 years old, when I started playing football, I've wanted to play in college. I grew up watching Florida State, and I've become a huge college football fan."

McBryde led the Vikings (8-3) to the semifinals of the South Jersey Group V playoffs before falling to Williamstown 20-12. He completed 113-of-182 passes for 1,982 yards and 20 touchdowns.

Virginia Union competes in the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association. The Panthers finished third in the conference in 2012 with a 3-4 record and was 5-5 overall.

McBryde will join a team that plays a 4-3 defense under coach Michael Bailey. Bailey, a 1986 Virginia Union graduate, is entering his fifth year as coach.

"Atlantic City is all about defense and bringing attitude," McBryde said. "Virginia Union is the same way, so playing for Atlantic City definitely helped me with the attitude thing."

Atlantic City coach Thomas Kelly said that McBryde was the Vikings' "quarterback on offense and defense."

"He was such a good athlete we played him all over the place," Kelly said. "But at free safety he solidified our secondary. He made it tough for the other teams to throw against us. He made the checks, he made the secondary calls."

McBryde was also considering D-II American International College in Massachusetts. He said he picked Virginia Union because it was important to feel at home. He wants to major in business.

"I heard they have a great business program and they are actually getting a new building," McBryde said. "For me, it was just good to know (that the college decision was made). It relieves a lot of stress and takes a lot off my back, I can get ready and prepare for the season now."

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