After piling up more than 30 football scholarship offers, Wise junior Marcus Allen said last week he planned to begin narrowing his options. On Friday, the 6-foot-2, 190-pound safety made his pick, orally committing to Penn State.
“He basically told me he was tired of the whole recruiting process,” Coach DaLawn Parrish said. “He had looked around and narrowed it down. He knew what he wanted in a program. He thought he found that at Penn State.”
Allen, rated a three-star recruit by Rivals.com, recorded 69 total tackles with two interceptions, nine pass breakups and two forced fumbles in the fall, helping the Pumas to their first Maryland 4A title.
By season’s end, Allen held just four scholarship offers but his recruitment picked up quickly. Among the area’s most coveted recruits, he picked up a wide-ranging list of suitors that included schools from the Atlantic Coast Conference, Big Ten, Pacific-12 and Big East.
Parrish has mentored several Football Bowl Championship recruits since starting the program at the Upper Marlboro school in 2006, but none had received as much attention as the athletic safety. (“I’m on Facebook like 24/7 each and every single day talking to coaches,” Allen said last week.)
“It’s hard to find a 6-2, 190-pound kid that can run and hit,” Parrish said. “He still has room to grow, and he can play multiple positions. When you find someone like that they’re going to be highly sought after.”
Allen, whose father Sean is a Pittsburgh native, most recently visited Penn State for the team’s spring game on April 20. He becomes the first Puma to pick the Nittany Lions.
When teammate Micah Till gave an oral commitment to N.C. State last Thursday, Allen said it “opened up my eyes” to the merits of moving forward in the process.
Allen joins Fairfax running back Nick Scott and DeMatha running back Mark Allen (no relation) on the list of local players who have committed to Penn State’s Class of 2014.