Marcus Allen Is Fully on Board

Hilliard, Florida athlete Marcus Allen had schools around the southeast recruiting him as a linebacker. One school liked Allen as a running back. Coach Paul Johnson of Georgia Tech offered him as a running back and once he received that offer, he gave his verbal commit to Coach Johnson.

Marcus Allen began talking to Georgia Tech Coach Lamar Owens in the spring and they developed a good relationship. "I made a visit to Georgia Tech and toured the campus later in the year and got to know the school and campus."

Most schools showing interest in Allen liked him as a linebacker. Georgia Tech also liked him there but told Allen that they were close to being full at that position and had already offered others. "I told them that I really wanted to play running back and really liked Georgia Tech a lot."

Once Coach Johnson found that out, it put a different spin on Allen's recruitment. Georgia Tech and Allen stayed in touch over the next few weeks. "They said they had to clear up a few things and would get back to me. Next thing I know I had an offer from Coach Johnson."

Marcus didn't commit on the spot wanting to talk it over first with his mom. "She was very happy that I got the offer and was fully on board with Georgia Tech as my choice." Allen then called the coaches and told them he was gong to commit.

While B Back looks like the position for the 6'2"-210 Allen he could also play A Back. "Coach Johnson and Coach Owens said I was being recruited to play B-back and I am fully on board and very intrigued in playing that position but I can play both A-back and B-back if needed." Marcus runs a 4.58 forty.

Prior to receiving an offer from Georgia Tech, Allen received an offer from in-state school Florida State and visited Florida. That will not sway Allen's decision. "I am solid with my decision. I know some schools have already called my high school coach and he has told them that I have really set my mind on going to Georgia Tech."

There were several things that convinced Allen that Georgia Tech should be his choice. "I have a 3.98 GPA and I really value my education and academics a lot." Marcus likes the excellent combination of academics and athletics. " I haven't decided on what type of major I want to have in college but I do know I want a school that has a reputation and a degree that has value."

Allen is aware of Coach Johnson's no visit policy and agrees with his policy. "I plan on making my official visit to Georgia Tech and it is understandable why he has that stance."

Marcus describes his running style as a combination of power and speed. "I can run over or run by tacklers." Allen's vision also contributes to his success. Before he gets to Tech, Marcus is looking to improve his knowledge of the game. "I have been playing football for only two years and while I have put up good stats, I am basically still learning the game and all the different aspects of it."

Allen's success in the classroom may allow him to enroll early. "I have some things to look into and get some information. It is something I would like to do." Look for Marcus to see if he can make that happen. Top Stories