The 6-foot-3, 190-pound free safety, an important part of the defense that delivered Wise its first Maryland 4A title in the fall, has picked up scholarship offers from Boston College, N.C. State, Temple and Penn State in the past week. The Owls and Nittany Lions both extended their offers on Tuesday, and he now holds 11 Football Bowl Subdivision offers.
Allen garnered his first offers, from Maryland and Pittsburgh, last summer and added Duke during the season. The rest have come in the past month. The list also includes Vanderbilt, Georgia Tech, Rutgers and Northwestern.
“He’s 6-3, 190 — That sticks out,” Coach DaLawn Parrish said. “He can hit. He can run. He’s a kid that can play multiple positions, and he’s smart. He has a 3.55 core GPA.”
Last season, Allen played almost exclusively on defense and racked up 69 total tackles with two interceptions, nine pass breakups and two forced fumbles on a unit that allowed just six touchdowns in 14 games. The coach said Allen is being recruited as a safety but may end up playing linebacker at the next level, depending on how much he grows.
Parrish said he expected the recent surge of attention toward Allen, and he doesn’t expect the player’s recruitment to drag out too long.
“I hope it calms down,” Parrish said. “It’s too much for one person. Hopefully, we’ll have a decision by the time the summer rolls around, so he doesn’t have to worry about it going into his senior season.”
Check out his junior year highlight tape below:
In other Wise recruiting news, senior Benjamin Robinson signed with Division II Shepherd University this week.
The linebacker had been in contact with the West Virginia school, but if it didn’t work out, he expected to play at Division III Wesley (Del.). With the Rams, he’ll join senior defensive end Myles Humphrey, who signed his national letter of intent to play there on Feb. 6.
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