Allen Gives the Scoop on Shoop, Staff

The Penn State safety commit saw firsthand what his future Penn State coaches will be like when he made an unofficial visit to campus last weekend.

With change comes concern, like the kind Penn State's verbal commitments felt when Bill O'Brien left for the NFL just over a month before signing day.

Upper Marlboro (Md.) Wise High safety Marcus Allen experienced that concern. But he was reassured of his standing, and commitment, with the Lions during an unofficial visit last weekend.

"It went well," Allen said. "I liked it a lot. I saw all my friends there. I met with the coaching staff and some of the new staff members. They were all energetic, and brought a lot of it to the table, which made it a lot of fun."

Allen had previously met new defensive coordinator Bob Shoop when the assistant stopped by his home during his first week on the job. The safety and his family got to know him better during the visit, and again when he and head coach James Franklin made an in-home visit Monday.

The chats were positive, and were only reinforced when the three-star learned firsthand from the likes of corner Jordan Smith, safety Adrian Amos and receiver DeAndre Thompkins, among others, just how true to form the new staff is.

"I just wanted to see the new staff and my teammates all again, and I wanted to see their vision of what they plan to do to lead Penn State and what they envision," Allen said. "Just the energy from the coaches, that's what stood out the most, and how they love coming to recruits and doing recruiting.

"How they love football stood out, too, and I know they're ready for the season already. I just love the energy."

He also loved Shoop, who will also be his position coach during his time in State College. And if he didn't realize the new defensive leader was a hard worker, he quickly found out, as Allen had a new position mate by the time the weekend was over in the form of California safety Koa Farmer. It was an addition that excited the Maryland native, who said he looks forward to working with all of State's secondary.

Allen added that the expectation is for him to start at free safety when he arrives this summer.

"I learned [Shoop's] philosophy and everything about how he likes his defensive backs," Allen said. "I like everything he likes and everything he said. I love his game plan and I love his passion.

"He likes that I am lengthy and my range, and I believe I have great speed for free safety. I've been working on my speed some more and I believe I'll come in good. I've been working on my ball skills, too."

The safety also got a sneak peek into his future coach's ideas when it comes to his safeties specifically.

"With using his safeties as far as blitzing, he likes his safeties to cover," Allen said. "As far as free safety, he likes them moving around. I just liked the way he had everything laid out."

Allen is currently slated to play for Maryland in the Big 33 Classic June 14 in Hershey, Pa.

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