Monday, March 18, 2013
2014 teammates visiting Penn State today
By Josh Moyer
Spring practice may start today, but that doesn't mean Penn State's staff is taking a break from recruiting. The coaches will host a pair of 2014 prospects, who plan to arrive on campus around 8 a.m.
Safety Marcus Allen and cornerback Joe Shelton, of Upper Marlboro (Md.) Wise, said Sunday afternoon they'll be in Happy Valley for unofficial visits. This is Allen's second visit to Happy Valley, while Shelton has never set foot on campus.
Here's a closer look at the two rising seniors and what they had to say about Penn State:
Scholarship breakdown: He holds nearly 20 offers from the likes of Arizona, Georgia Tech, Nebraska, Penn State and Pitt. He's also heard a lot from Kansas and is one of the top players in his state.
Player breakdown: Allen is a hard-hitting safety who played linebacker until a growth spurt right before his sophomore season. He said he didn't become comfortable with the safety position until this past year, so he still has a high ceiling. He wants to commit somewhere by August, and his father's side of the family is from Pennsylvania.
Allen on his visit: "My first time up wasn't really a visit; I just came by and stopped to look at practice and left. I plan on getting a lot out of this visit. I want to see how the atmosphere is, the practice intensity and just the whole vibe of Penn State and the campus. After this visit, it'll tell me if I really like them or if it's just the Penn State name."
His coach's take (DaLawn Parrish): "When he hits you, people crumble. And, just with his range, he's gotten smarter over the years."
Joe Shelton, 5-9, 160
Scholarship breakdown: He holds no offers, but he's hearing the most from Penn State, Maryland, NC State, James Madison and Old Dominion.
Player breakdown: His small size is obviously a big reason he holds no offers, but he shows good hands and grabbed a team-high five interceptions as a junior. His coach said Penn State constantly reminds them of cornerback Stephon Morris, a speedy 5-8 player who's hoping to be drafted in the later rounds. Shelton appears to have a similar playing style. He hopes to commit somewhere by the end of his senior season.
Shelton on his visit: "I want to see the campus, and I'm just trying to look for the right opportunity. I want to get [my commitment] out early because I don't want to be stressing out about colleges."
His coach's take (DaLawn Parrish): "Joe has all the footwork, and he's quick. He's uncanny with the football. A lot of DBs don't catch. Well, he makes interceptions all over the field. He can bump-and-run, play off-man, he can play zone. Only knock is he's only 5-9."