Notre Dame has shown Marcus Allen some interest, but the 2014 Maryland defensive back hesitates to term it “serious” since the Irish have yet to extend an offer.
“Notre Dame has been talking to my coach,” said the 6-foot-2, 188-pounder from Wise High School in Upper Marlboro, Md.
“They just got on me. They’re just saying they like how I play and they want me to come for a visit, but they’ve been talking to my coach more than me.”
Allen already has offers from schools like Maryland, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Clemson, Nebraska, Vanderbilt, Wake Forest, Northwestern, Boston College and several others.
“It’s good, but you have a target on your back,” he said.
Allen is certainly open to hearing more from the Irish and has a connection to the program that will likely lead to a visit.
“I’ll probably go up there with Devin Butler and check out the facilities,” Allen said of the Irish’s 2013 cornerback signee from Washington D.C.
“He said it’s a great school with a great education. They love football out there. The fans are really intense with the game, so he likes it.”
At this point, Allen isn’t claiming any favorites.
“Not really, not right now,” he said. “I like all of my offers so far.”
He’s enjoyed trips to Pittsburgh and Maryland this year and is looking forward to setting up others soon.
“They were good junior days, I like them a lot,” he said. “I’m going to try to get to Georgia Tech, Clemson and Rutgers.”
Allen, who has been clocked at 4.56 in the 40-yard dash, is being looked at as a safety for the next level.
“Everyone has been talking about how hard I hit and they like how I go up for the ball,” he said.
He’s looking for a couple of things in a school.
“Education will be first then it will go to the opportunity to play early on, just to get that chance to play early because I know I have to strive for it and work hard,” he said.
He isn’t going to rush a decision, but wouldn’t mind making one sooner than later.
“I did want to get it out of the way before the season, but if that doesn’t work out, I’ll just ride it out and take my officials.”