Marcus Allen, a rising junior at Wise, has not been able to work out at college football camps since pulling his groin earlier this month during a seven-on-seven tournament, but scholarship offers have begun rolling in anyway. The 6-foot-2, 190-pound safety has garnered offers from Maryland and Pittsburgh on recent campus visits, according to Coach DaLawn Parrish.
“Marcus is an extremely hard worker,” Parrish said of his 15-year-old starting safety. “He has great grades. He has the size and the speed they’re looking for on the next level. As they say, the tape don’t lie. He’s proven that he can play with anybody.”
As a sophomore, Allen tallied 59 tackles with two interceptions and two forced fumbles as the Pumas earned their fourth Maryland 4A South playoff berth in six seasons of existence. While Allen played only on defense last fall, Parrish said he could see time at wide receiver this season.
Parrish said several other Football Bowl Subdivision schools, including West Virginia, Auburn, Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech, have also expressed interest. As Allen’s recruitment picks up, the most difficult task for recruiters might be projecting what position he will eventually play in college.
“He’s still growing,” Parrish said. “Who knows how big he’s going to get? He’s already shown the athletic ability to play safety on the next level, but time will tell” which position he’s best suited to play.
Allen isn’t the only Puma attracting attention this summer. Linebacker Franklin Porter and lineman Jai Franklin, both rising seniors, have already committed to Old Dominion, and Parrish said he expects rising senior Antonio Harris to make his college choice soon. The 6-foot-4, 310-pound lineman currently holds seven scholarship offers, including Buffalo and Ohio.
Linebackers D’Angelo Niler (Buffalo, North Carolina Central) and cornerback Chaudlier Shepherd (Concord) are the other rising seniors who have received offers. Parrish expects Myles Humphrey, a 6-foot-2, 205-pound linebacker who had six sacks as a junior, to pick up his first offer soon.
“I feel as though we have more than one young man who can play BCS football, but we’re not begging anybody.” Parrish said, “As long as they have options, we’re happy.”
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