Mark Allen, a running back at DeMatha High School in Maryland who will graduate in 2014, has committed to Penn State.
"He's always liked the school," said his coach, Elijah Brooks, "a school he's envisioned going to since he was young. ...What sealed the deal was going to camp. I think it was a no-brainer for him."
Brooks was referring to Penn State's summer camp. Allen attended this summer. This fall, Brooks said, Allen has averaged just under 100 rushing yards per game and nearly 150 all-purpose yards.
Brooks said one of the best parts about Allen's game was his versatility. Allen has played as a single back, in the I-formation and in the slot during this season. He has also returned kicks.
"He's such an explosive player," Brooks said. "You have to find ways to get him the ball."
As recently as last week, Bill O'Brien and his staff have said how much they needed to recruit players who can play multiple roles, given the limited roster spots they will have because of sanctions.