In this edition of Throwback Thursday, we will be looking at former Wise High School standout and current Penn State safety Marcus Allen.
Back when Allen was dominating the football field as a Puma, he was one of the top players in the area. During his sophomore season, he registered 65 stops, and eight pass break ups. The All-Met safety helped Wise to a 14-0 record and claim the Maryland 4A State Championship as a junior. In that same season, he tallied 70 tackles, three interceptions and 10 pass break ups.
Allen produced 15 tackles, and three fumble recoveries before an ankle injury cut his senior season short. He was invited to play in the Maryland Crab Bowl.
Allen was rated a four-star by 247sports and a three-star by ESPN. He was ranked the No. 6 player in Maryland, and the No. 26 safety in the nation by 247sports. Before committing to Penn State, Allen held offers from Clemson, Arizona, Maryland, Michigan State, Nebraska, Stanford, Virginia and many other Division I schools.
Allen appeared in 13 games and started seven in his first year with Penn State. He had 58 stops, three pass breakups and one sack. Allen recorded 11 tackles in his first career start against Ohio State.
Allen started in 12 games during his sophomore year, and was second on the team in tackles with 81. He registered a career-high 12 tackles when the Nittany Lions faced Michigan. He was named honorable mention All-Big Ten by coaches and media.
Allen has tallied 30 solo tackles through seven games this season. He recorded 22 tackles-eight solo and 14 assisted-in the 29-26 victory over Minnesota on Oct. 1.