Scouting Report: Marcus Allen, FS, Penn State

Upper Marlboro, MD| 6006 | 205 | 4.50E | 2018

Big play, physical, hard-hitter who isn’t afraid to get his nose dirty and take out the trash—very impressive tackling skills. Shows above average leaping ability on jump balls and plays much longer than his height suggests. Has the burst and speed to blitz from the deep corner spot and track down the quarterback to make the sack. Some of his finest moments came in big game situations—will go down in Penn State lore for his blocked field goal to upset Ohio State in 2016 on their way to winning the Big Ten Championship, which included his huge fourth down stuff against Wisconsin to seal the deal. The biggest knock will be his tendency to go for the big hit rather than making the easy play—he has had his fair share of whiffs and blown assignments. He has also had his collection of double-digit tackle games, including a 22-tackle performance against Minnesota, the most by a Nittany Lion since 2006 (Paul Posluszny). Received a very high draft grade after his junior season from the NFLPA Advisory Board. Is the godson of former Pitt and NFL standout running back Curtis Martin. Very big on the Twitter.

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2016 (Junior): Started all 14 games…Posted three games with 10-plus tackles…Made a career-high 110 tackles…Is the first safety to lead the team in tackles since Shawn Mayer (144) in 2002.

2015 (Sophomore): Started 12 games, missing the Army contest due to injury…Recovered his first career fumble vs. Maryland (10/24)…Forced his first career fumble at Northwestern (11/7)…Ranked second on the team with 81 tackles.

2014 (Freshman): Appeared in all 13 games with seven starts…Made his first career start in the double-overtime contest against No. 13 Ohio State and started the final seven games of the season…One of three true freshmen to start on defense.

High School: A three-year letterman at Dr. Henry Wise High School for head coach Dalawn Parrish…Recorded 15 tackles and two fumble recoveries in three games before having his senior season cut short due to an ankle injury…Helped the Pumas to a perfect 14-0 record and the Maryland 4A State Championship as a junior…Produced 70 tackles, three interceptions and 10 pass breakups as a junior…Logged 65 stops and broke up eight passes during his sophomore season…Was invited to participate in the Big 33 Classic and Maryland Crab Bowl following his senior season…Was rated a four-star recruit by Scout and 247Sports and a three-star prospect by ESPN and Rivals…Ranked as a Top 30 prospect at safety nationally by Scout and 247Sports…Was rated the No. 6 prep player in Maryland by 247Sports.

Personal: Full name is Marcus Deshawn Allen…Son of Shawn and Latonya Allen…Has one brother, Shawn, and three sisters, Nadia, Mariah and Danielle…Is the godson of former Pitt and NFL standout running back Curtis Martin…Majoring in broadcast journalism…Born August 7, 1996 in Silver Spring, Maryland.