Penn State is more than half finished with its 2014 recruiting class with nine months to go.
Earlier today, Marlboro, Md. safety Marcus Allen gave his verbal commitment to Bill O’Brien, according to multiple recruiting sites — the eighth overall pledge in the class and the second defensive back in the past week. (Penn State can only sign 15 recruits instead of the usual 25 because of NCAA sanctions).
Allen is about 6-foot-2 and 190 pounds. He is regarded as a three-star prospect (out of five) by some experts and a four-star by others.
Allen reportedly also held scholarship offers from Michigan, Michigan State, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Maryland, Pitt, Clemson, Georgia Tech and others.
He is ranked as the No. 24 safety in the nation and the No. 5 overall player in Maryland, according to 247Sports.
“I chose them because with their limit in scholarships, they chose me,” Allen told 247Sports. “When safeties committed in the last class and filled the slots, they still chose me.”
The Nittany Lions received their first verbal commitment from a defensive back last Friday in Coatesville athlete Daquan Worley.
Upcoming Penn State targets who could make their decisions soon include Michigan linebacker Jared Wangler and Maryland defensive back Troy Vincent, Jr.
The Lions have until early February to fill out this class, which figures to center on offensive and defensive line help, another defensive back or two and possibly a quarterback.