Bill O’Brien and his staff made sure not to take the bye week off. Most of the Penn State coaches were on the road for parts of last week and the weekend. One of their stops was DeMatha High in Maryland, previous home to current Nittany Lion Brent Wilkerson and strength coach Brian Bell. While there, Bill O’Brien extended offers to both Mark Allen and his teammate, four star wide receiver, Cameron Phillips.
Word is, O’Brien compared the 5’8″ 185 pound Allen to Patriots running back Danny Woodhead when offering, and it apparently had an effect on Allen. He pulled the trigger on Monday night, committing to the Nittany Lions not long after his offer came.
While Allen is not yet rated by the recruiting services, it’s worth noting that many of the 2014 kids are in the same boat. As juniors, several kids are getting their first shot at real playing time and will be rated after the season. Allen camped at Penn State over the summer and was clocked running a 4.43 40 yard dash. He also boasts a 275 pound bench press max and a 395 pound squat.
DeMatha is 6-1 while playing one of the toughest schedules on the east coast, against teams like Dunbar (Javarie Johnson), Calvert Hall (Adrian Amos, DaQuan Davis) and Good Counsel (Kendall Fuller, Stefon Diggs). Based on on Allen’s FILM and speed, I think he’ll likely be rated as a high three star or maybe even a four star player by some services. Part of that is knowing his height will be held against him. It’s rare that a player at 5’8″ or below garners a high rating.
Allen was also being shown interest by Maryland and North Carolina, both of which he had previously visited.
Penn State’s first 2013 commitment came on February 29th, 2012.
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