Shoop's Visit With Allen on the Marc

The new Penn State defensive coordinator had an in-home visit with the Maryland safety and Nittany Lion verbal commitment Saturday.

Like any of Penn State's 18 verbal commitments, Marcus Allen was anxious to get to meet the man that will lead his future position group. Fortunately for him, that man felt the same way.

New Penn State defensive coordinator Bob Shoop met with the Allen family Saturday at the family's home in Upper Marlboro, Md., and the Wise High safety is good to go with the Lions.

"It went well, I liked it a lot," Allen said. "He made me more comfortable with the new staff, and I'm a Penn State Nittany Lion."

Allen didn't finish his final interscholastic season, missing the last few games due to an ankle injury. Like his commitment to the Lions, all is good on that front, too.

The senior knew Shoop some from his time at Vanderbilt, but not much. The gray areas outside of name and title were filled in during the meeting, which came before head coach James Franklin visits the family. Allen said he believes that will happen this coming week.

"[Vanderbilt] was recruiting me, but I didn't know much more about him then what he told me," Allen said. "He told me he wants me to be the quarterback of the defense, and to help lead them to a national championship."

Penn State will host an official visit weekend Jan. 24, and Allen said he's hoping to build upon what he learned about the Lions' new direction then.

The same goes for his meeting with Franklin, where the safety said he hopes to discover the similarities between the old staff and the new staff, and learn more about college life from the program's five early enrollees, all of whom began classes last Monday.

"I really just want to know and get to know the whole staff," Allen said. "With the last staff, I knew everyone and it was like a big family. I just want to get a mutual relationship with all the coaches, and find out what they like and don't like.

"Next week when I meet with Coach Franklin, I just want to know if he has the same vision as my last head coach for me," the safety continued. "That's about it. I'm trying to get to the NFL and play my butt of for the Penn State community and just show what I can do. It's a business, and there's always going to be coaching changes in the NCAA and NFL. I have to get used to that."

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