Wise DB Marcus Allen ready to narrow his recruiting focus

Wise junior Marcus Allen holds 24 football scholarship offers, and now he's hoping to narrow his list of suitors. (Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post)

Wise junior safety Marcus Allen holds 24 football scholarship offers, and now he’s hoping to narrow his list of suitors. (Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post)

When Wise junior Marcus Allen celebrated on the field at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore after his team claimed the Maryland 4A football title on Nov. 30, he held four college scholarship offers.

letters032013Six months later, Allen has become one of the area’s most coveted recruits. The 6-foot-2, 190-pound safety is up to 24 offers with potential suitors across the country eager to make their pitches. The wide-ranging list features schools from the Atlantic Coast Conference, Big Ten, Pac-12 and Big East.

“I’m on Facebook like 24/7 each and every single day talking to coaches,” Allen said.

Allen has done plenty of research already, making visits to many of the schools that have offered, including Maryland, Pittsburgh, N.C. State, Wake Forest, Penn State, Georgia Tech and Clemson. At this point, he said he’s ready to start paring down the list.

Allen, who had 69 total tackles with two interceptions, nine pass breakups and two forced fumbles as a junior, said he plans to come up with a Top 10 in the coming weeks. He has a few more visits he’d like to take, including Arizona and Northwestern, before trimming the list to five and hopefully making his pick.

“In the back of my head, I know that I have my top eight, top 10,” said Allen, whose first offers came from Maryland and Pittsburgh last summer. “I want to make sure that I narrow it down the right way.”

All along, Wise Coach DaLawn Parrish has said he expects Allen to make his pick before the start of his senior season, and the safety seems to be sticking to that timeline.

Last Thursday, Allen saw classmate Micah Till bring his recruitment to an abrupt close. The 6-foot-5, 250-pound tight end had drawn two more Football Bowl Subdivision offers the day before he picked N.C. State.

“I really want to get it down fast, to be honest,” Allen said. “I want to get it over with. When Micah committed, that opened up my eyes. He seems like he’s happy with the decision he has.”

NUMBER CRUNCH: 37

The number of consecutive wins against Anne Arundel County opponents for the South River boys’ lacrosse team before falling on Monday night to Arundel, 7-6, in overtime in the county title game. The streak dated back to the opening game of the 2011 season when the Seahawks lost in overtime to Severna Park. Junior Aaron Snyder provided the game-winning goal for the Wildcats, who avenged a 10-6 loss to South River on April 26.

PHOTOS OF THE NIGHT:

BREAKFAST LINKS:

- In a playoff baseball tuneup, Sherwood and Gaithersburg settled for a 2-2 tie. The eighth-ranked Trojans will still have the top seed in the Maryland 4A West playoffs when the draw is released Wednesday.

- The Churchill boys and Sherwood girls were among the lacrosse teams to earn region top seeds in the Maryland public school playoff draw, released Monday.

- Johnnie Shuler and Jibreel Faulkner of Theodore Roosevelt have seen their recruitments pick up since the end of the basketball season.

WHAT TO WATCH TODAY:

Baseball: North County at Huntingtown, 4:30 p.m.

The sixth-ranked Knights make the trip to Southern Maryland for a late-season nonleague matchup as part of a busy week. They fell, 6-3, to Old Mill on Monday and will play South River in the Anne Arundel County championship on Wednesday.

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