Sophomore quarterback George Pearson, who led Matawan to the 2014 NJSIAA Central Jersey Group III championship as a freshman, has transferred to St. Joseph Regional High School in Montvale.

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NJ.com's Todderick Hunt first reported the news, and Shore Sports Network confirmed Pearson's transfer with Matawan head coach John Kaye. Hunt's report stated Pearson had recently moved in with his mother, who wanted him to attend a Catholic school. He is already enrolled at the school and started classes on Tuesday.

As a freshman, Pearson started in 11 of 12 games in leading the Huskies to their seventh sectional title. He threw for 1,956 yards and 16 touchdowns, including going 11-of-15 for 201 yards and four touchdowns in a 27-7 win over Carteret in the sectional final. He is believed to be the only freshman to quarterback a Shore Conference team to a state championship.

Injuries limited him to eight games as a sophomore, and he finished with 1,277 yards and eight touchdowns. Matawan started the season 0-3, but won seven straight games upon Pearson's return to reach the Central Jersey Group III semifinals where the Huskies fell to eventual champion Rumson-Fair Haven.

St. Joe's is a perennial power as member of the vaunted Big North Conference's United Division and has won 17 sectional titles. The Green Knights' last title came in 2013 in Non-Public Group III. They were re-aligned to Non-Public Group IV last season when the NJSIAA condensed the non-public schools by eliminating the Group I bracket.

The 6-foot-1, 210-pound Pearson is being recruited as a pro-stye quarterback. He has a scholarship offer from Temple and interest from other FBS programs.

 

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