Penn State Football: Lions' Marcus Allen adds needed depth at safety

Penn State gets needed depth at FS with Marcus Allen

5/16/13 in NCAAF   |   Tyler_Waddell   |   426 respect

Penn State has been quickly moving up the ranks for the recruiting class of 2014, recently moving past Auburn and Alabama for the No. 14 overall spot (247Sports).Blog Photo - Penn State Football: Lions' Marcus Allen adds needed depth at safety

This is largely due to the Nittany Lions’ latest addition of Marcus Allen, who gave his verbal commitment to coach Bill O’Brien last Friday morning.

“He basically told me he was tired of the whole recruiting process,” said DaLawn Parrish, Allen’s high school coach. “He had looked around and narrowed it down. He knew what he wanted in a program. He thought he found that at Penn State.”

Allen, a four-star prospect at the safety position and No. 5 recruit from the state of Maryland, had racked up over 30 football scholarships before making his decision. This included offers from Michigan State, Wisconsin, Clemson and Stanford, among others.

“It’s hard to find a 6-foot-2, 190-pound kid that can run and hit,” Parrish said. “He still has room to grow, and he can play multiple positions. When you find someone like that they’re going to be highly sought-after.”

As a junior, Allen compiled 69 tackles, two interceptions, nine pass breakups and two forced fumbles—and he has a chance to improve those numbers with even more experience this fall.

Penn State is getting a solid ball-hawk for its secondary and will likely be putting his talents to use immediately. The Lions will be losing starters Malcolm Willis and Stephen Obeng-Agyapong after the 2013 season and have little depth here for the two-deep roster.

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5/17/13   |   NittanyJon   |   246 respect

At first glance, I thought this was HOF'er Marcus Allen's offspring. Looking at his bio, he's impressive nonetheless.