Allen Does FNL and FSU Camp

Marcus Allen has been making big impressions whether he camps or not, but his two camp experiences this year have been very good ones. The Hilliard linebacker has only been playing football for two years, but is picking up scholarship offers left and right. Friday night he was in The Swamp for Friday Night Lights and again made a good impression.

Marcus Allen is busy making waves in recruiting and at Florida Friday night he certainly got the attention of the Gators' staff. Linebacker coach D.J. Durkin and northeast Florida recruiter Dan Quinn made sure to let Allen know they will be continue to recruit him hard.

"I think I did pretty well for it being the second camp I have been to… I went to the FSU camp just before," Allen said about his recent trips. I think I did a pretty good job competing against some of the top players in the nation. Coach Durkin said he wanted to stay in touch, Coach Quinn said he wants to continue to recruit me throughout the process. He said they can't offer right now because they already have their outside linebacker spots full."

Florida head coach Will Muschamp also made sure to chat with Allen before the camp and let him know the Gators are serious in their interest.

"He told me that he was glad that I could make it down for camp," Allen said of Muschamp.

Allen is a star basketball player and the sport seems to have helped him become one of the more athletic linebackers in high school. That athleticism shined Friday night and Allen said he used it to compete with some of the best.

"They liked my athleticism and that I had the attitude of the kind of linebackers they need to have," he said. "I just loved that we had to compete at everything we did, even if there wasn't a lot of reps to go around."

Just prior to Friday night, Allen attended camp in Tallahassee with Florida State. He had a little fire lit under him just before camp when he learned a scholarship offer he thought he had from the Noles months earlier was in fact legitimate.

"I got offered by FSU. I had an offer a while back, but there was a misunderstanding about it, but they told me before the camp started that I had a real offer," Allen said. "It was the first camp I went to and I thought I did well."

The Florida State staff led by recruiters O'Dell Haggins and Lawrence Dawsey like what they see in Allen.

"They told me I was everything they were looking at in a linebacker," he said. They say I am a great athlete and a great person.

The camp, offer, and overall experience put Florida State up there in his mind.

"FSU and Tennessee are standing out to me right now and a few schools I don't know much about like Nebraska and TCU," he said.

The Volunteers have been a favorite for a while.

"I was able to visit Tennessee and that went very well," he said. "I got to meet the coaches like Coach Dooley and hold the championship trophy and talk to Coach Wilcox."

Allen has no more plans for visits this summer. He thinks he will know when the time comes and he is ready to pull the trigger for one school over the others.

"I don't know when, it is just going to be when and where I feel comfortable," he said about a college decision. "The staff, the location, and the area of the school matter to me."

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