RB Allen becomes PSU's first 2014 commit


Tailback Mark Allen(Hyattsville, Md./DeMatha Catholic) became the first member of Penn State's 2014 recruiting class when he committed on the spot Monday night.

The Nittany Lions were the first team to offer the 5-foot-7, 185-pound prospect.

"Mark, he wanted to go to Penn State all his life," DeMatha coach Elijah Brooks said. "That was his dream school."

The junior prospect first showed up on Bill O'Brien's radar during a summer football camp. O'Brien told the speedy tailback he planned to track his performance over the first half of the season. If Allen did well, he'd earn a scholarship offer.

Brooks said his tailback used those words as motivation and has since recorded about 700 rushing yards and 300 receiving yards.

"They stuck to their word," Brooks said. "That's the offer Mark was waiting for. He didn't want to go anywhere but Penn State."

Penn State assistant Larry Johnson attended a DeMatha practice Thursday and was clearly impressed with Allen, whom his coach said runs the 40-yard dash in 4.4 seconds.

"He's 5-7, 185 but he plays like he's 6-3, 250," Brooks said. "He has a huge heart, and he's very similar when he runs the ball to a Maurice Jones-Drew, who's very compact, very explosive."