Weight: 211 pounds
Hometown: Norfolk, Virginia
Before Penn State: Allen spent his freshman year at Norview High School in Virginia where he rushed for 1,465 yards and 16 touchdowns, earning Maxpreps Freshman All-American and All-Eastern District honors.
Allen then transferred to IMG Academy to play his last three years of high school under former NFL player and current head coach Pepper Johnson.
He rushed for more than 1,000 yards and matched his freshman year output of 16 touchdowns his first season at IMG.
In his junior year, he rushed for 515 yards and nine touchdowns. In his senior year, he rushed for 1,400 yards and 27 touchdowns as IMG was ranked the No. 1 team in the country by USA Today.
Allen was selected to play in 2022 Under Armor All-American Game.
Allen was rated as a four-star recruit by Rivals, On3, 247Sport and ESPN. He was ranked the No 157 overall prospect, No. 11 overall running back and No. 19 player in Florida by 247Sports.
ESPN rated him No. 147 overall and 11th among running backs, as well as No. 18 in Florida.
Allen committed to Penn State July 16, 2021.
Where He Stands: Allen doesn’t get as much hype as blue-chip Penn State running backs usually do because of another freshman, five-star running back Nick Singleton.
Allen is heading into fall camp behind Keyvone Lee, Singleton and sophomore Devin Ford. Allen will probably play sparingly to start the season, but if he can show he can handle the load then he could be a contributor later on.
A quote about Allen:
Running backs coach Ja’Juan Seider talked about how the combination of Allen and Singleton reminds them of former Penn State running backs
” You can see some Ki-Jana Carter and Curtis Enis in (Allen and Singleton), the old way off running the ball,” Seider said at a Penn State coaches availability in June. “That’s running behind your pads. Having a change up and making people miss. That’s where we bring the game.”