Defensive back Marcus Allen from Upper Marlboro, Maryland is one of two Penn State recruits from that state. Over the years, Maryland has proven to be a good state for the Nittany Lions, as former defensive line coach Larry Johnson always seemed to recruit well there. Though Johnson is not longer at Penn State, new head coach James Franklin also has experience recruiting in that area and will look to continue to tap into the talent that is there.
The Nittany Lions select Marcus Allen as the final pick of the 2014 Nittany Lion draft. Welcome to the family! pic.twitter.com/rz3riC5zOW
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Allen committed in May and decided to fulfill his promise, in spite of Johnson, the man who recruited him, leaving the program. However, he was already familiar with Franklin and his staff, having been recruited by Vanderbilt. The young defensive back also received attention from other Big Ten schools, receiving offers from Nebraska, Michigan State, Northwestern, Purdue, Wisconsin, and newcomers Maryland and Rutgers.
Allen fills a need for the Nittany Lions, as the secondary was a thin area on the depth chart this past season. He’s a 3-star recruit according to 247 Sports and ranked as the 26th best at his position. He’s officially listed as a safety and could see playing time as a freshman this season.
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