Meet the 2022 UNC Signing Day Class


Marcus Allen (Photo: Marcus Allen)

Defensive Back – 6-2, 175 – Marietta, GA – Walton High

ORGANIC: A four-star prospect ranked 264th best player in the country, the 31st-ranked cornerback and No. 24 player in Georgia in the 247Sports Composite 23 player in the state by ESPN • A member of ESPN 300 • Ranked as the 36th best cornerback in the country and 32nd player in the State by Rivals • Ranked as the 315th best player in the country, # 34 cornerback and # 30 Player in the State by On3 • A three-time artist in all states, three times in all regions, and three times in all counties • One Atlanta Touchdown Club All-State Winner • Three-time Cobb County Dynamite Dozen Member • Team Captain and Board Member Management • Recorded 107 tackles, four INTs, 25 PBUs, three fumbles recovered and one forced fumble in his last two season of preparation • Totaled 47 tackles, two INTs, 17 PBUs, one forced fumble and four recoveries from fumbles as a senior • Also added 15 receptions for 405 yards and six touchdowns on the road to 532 versatile yards and seven touchdowns • Recorded 60 tackles, two TFLs, two INTs, eight PBUs, two fumble recoveries and blocked two field goals as a junior • Coached by Daniel Brunner. Father Derrik was captain of the West Point basketball team • Brother Derrik plays defensive back at Georgia Tech


RECRUITMENT: In February, Allen began his recruiting in earnest by posting a top 10 made up of Auburn, Boston College, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Miami, Michigan, Michigan State, UNC, Pittsburgh and Vanderbilt. This list naturally declined until Auburn, Georgia Tech, and UNC stayed. He officially visited the trio on consecutive weekends in June. Just before the end of this month, he signed up with heels.

EVALUATION: At 6-foot-2 and 175 pounds, Allen is a long, polished defensive back with enormous ball skills. At the very least, he’ll become a bullet-hawker safety at the college level where he’ll consistently make highlighted interceptions. But, he might have the fluency and covering skills to stay at the cornerback position – he certainly has the experience of playing the position against the highest level of competition in high school. Either way, her extraordinary length is a huge plus, especially in the red zone.


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