Maryland DB Allen Gains Interest

Penn State is among those schools that have been checking up on the Class of 2014 prospect. He gives an update on his early recruitment.

Marcus Allen is like many 2014 prospects in regard to hearing from Penn State.

The Wise High (Upper Marlboro, Md.) defensive back is receiving mail from the Nittany Lions, but hasn't spoken much with the Penn State staff as it continues to focus on its 2013 recruiting class.

For some recruits that would be an issue. However, for Allen, that's OK, as the 6-foot-2, 188-pound prospect is focused more on his season then recruiting.

“I'm worried about the season right now, and that's really all that's on my mind,” Allen said. “After the season, I'll start worrying about recruiting. … I'm getting some mail from Penn State, and my coach has talked to their coaches some.”

Allen is familiar with Penn State's program through his trainer, Roman Morris, who operates the Prime Example Training Center in Maryland (along with former NFL cornerback Troy Vincent). Roman Morris is also the father of Penn State defensive back Stephon Morris, so Allen knows a little bit more about the Nittany Lions than most high school juniors.

“I've heard a lot about them [Penn State] from my coaches and just training with the guys who have gone there or go there now,” Allen said.

Maryland and Pittsburgh are the only two offers Allen claims, but he also is starting to hear from UCLA, Rutgers and Michigan State. It's early in his recruitment, but his versatility is likely to get him noticed as he continues to improve in just his second year in the secondary.

“My main position is safety, but they've got me all over the field, to be honest,” Allen said. “I even line up at outside linebacker on some plays if we are checking in or out of something, and I return punts sometimes, too.”

Regardless of position, early playing time and the like, Allen wants a school that provides a family atmosphere.

“I want a school that has a family connection, a school that really wants me and likes me as a player, and has that family bond,” he said.

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