Georgia Tech landed the most highly-regarded member yet of its 2012 football recruiting class on Monday.
Running back Marcus Allen of Hilliard, Fla.., committed to the Yellow Jackets over Florida State, Tennessee, Nebraska, and TCU, among his 30 early scholarship offers. Allen has a 3.9 GPA and is related to a pair of former UGA football greats who are both in the NFL, Champ Bailey and Boss Bailey.
“Georgia Tech has a great combination of athletics and academics, and they are giving me the chance to play running back — so it was the best fit for me,” Allen told the AJC on Monday night.
Mondays’ commitment completed a fast and furious courtship between Georgia Tech and the Florida star. The Yellow Jackets had been talking to Allen since the spring, and extended a scholarship offer around two weeks ago. Georgia Tech quickly closed the deal over some star-studded competition.
“Some of the other schools, they would have a really good football team but the difference between academics and athletics would be greater than I would like,” Allen explained. “I’m not saying there were any bad schools or anything, because they are great schools. It’s just the I wanted a closer combination of athletics and academics, and Georgia Tech was the best for me for that.”
At Georgia Tech, the 6-foot-2, 210-pound Allen is projected to play running back but could get a look at several other positions, too. Most of the other schools were recruiting Allen at linebacker, but Georgia Tech wants to Allen at running back and that made a big difference. “I feel like running back is my more natural position — it’s where I feel most comfortable,” he said.
Allen’s mother, Traci Ross, endorsed her son’s college choice: “I wanted Marcus to make what was the best decision for him. He looked at everything, weighed out his options, and felt like Georgia Tech was going to be a very good fit for him … As a parent, I just wanted him to be happy where he was going. I thought a lot of the colleges that made scholarship offers were good colleges.”
“Marcus was both excited and relieved after he talked to Georgia Tech’s coaches earlier in the day. I’m very excited, too. I wanted Marcus to go to a school that would challenge him academically.”
Allen’s mother is a first cousin to the Bailey brothers. Also, Allen said his junior season was his first of varsity football. He had been focusing on basketball the previous two years before switching over to football.
Georgia Tech now has 10 commitments for its 2012 football recruiting class:
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