The Maryland junior defensive back had his interest renewed in the Nittany Lions this week, after…
Busy Offseason Already Under Way for Allen
Wise High (Upper Marlboro, Md.) safety Marcus Allen took in junior days at Pittsburgh and Maryland, and is in the process of planning trips to several other ACC schools, as well as one readying to make the jump to the Big Ten. The 6-foot-1, 188-pound Allen, who holds double digit offers, added he also could make a midwest swing if Notre Dame and Michigan extend offers. "I'm planning on going to Georgia Tech, Clemson and North Carolina State," Allen said. "I want to get out there and have a good experience and look at different schools instead of just the local schools. "My father and I have been looking around on our calendar and making sure there is no interference going on (with schedules)." Allen, who had 69 tackles and two interceptions as a junior, said Rutgers, which is expected to move to the Big Ten (with Maryland) for the 2014 season, is high on his list for a visit. "I like Rutgers. (Assistant) coach (Damian) Wroblewski, I have a close relationship with him," Allen said. "He's been on me and we've been talking on Facebook. I plan on going to Rutgers. I want to go there bad." If Allen needs to know any of the ins and outs of the Scarlet Knights, he can call a friend who is a freshman receiver. "I know Ian Thomas very well," Allen said. "I play at Wise and we played against him since he was at Franklin in Reisterstown (Md.). He was a great wide receiver, so I want to be with him and have him tell me what's real there and look at the atmosphere." When it comes to visits made, Allen said Maryland and Pittsburgh both measured high. "At Maryland, we looked at the gear, we went to look at the weight room, and then when had a 1-on-1 session with the coach," said Allen, who spent time with defensive coordinator Brian Stewart. "We were going over some tape and then we went to the basketball against Clemson. Coach Stewart is real laid back. He cracks jokes sometimes. He explains things to you and breaks it down and tells you want he wants you to do. He's a cool coach." Pittsburgh junior day also went well for Allen. "Pittsburgh was fun. I liked it a lot" Allen said. "We went and looked at the weight room, we looked at the locker room and we watched some of the players work out. We went to the Pittsburgh game against Syracuse, and the fans welcomed us." There was one thing that stood out the most to Allen. "Just the coaches in general," he said, "how real they are and how much they really liked me." There are also a number of schools recruiting Allen but are yet to offer, including Notre Dame, Michigan and South Carolina. "I have a close relationship with (Michigan assistant) coach (Curt) Molloy," Allen said. "He keeps it real. He tells me everything that is going on at Michigan. He really wants me to come on a visit. He came to Wise and talked to me coach. "I don't know that much (about Notre Dame), but I'd like to learn a lot more. I know they have a good squad." When Allen has questions about South Carolina, he can ask close friend Yannick Ngakoue, who visited the campus before committing Maryland on signing day. "All of the schools are kinda equal," Allen said. "I just want to make sure I make the right decision, make sure I pick the right top five. … I want to do it before my season, but if things don't go as planned, I can make my official visits."
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