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2012 Georgia Tech Football Recruiting: Marcus Allen Commits, Has A Famous Name

It just goes to show what a great job Paul Johnson is doing Georgia Tech: RB Marcus Allen won't be headed to USC after all, where he'd be assured of winning a Heisman Trophy and a long NFL career with the San Francisco 49ers and other teams and a weird friendship with O.J. Simpson and ...

I'm sorry, apparently we're talking about Hilliard, Florida RB Marcus Allen, who's himself a highly recruited player, likely Tech's biggest get so far this class. The consensus three-star prospect announced his intention to play for Tech this week, choosing the Jackets over a list of offers dozens deep. Arkansas, FSU, Nebraska and Wisconsin were some of the schools in the running for Allen, who apparently also played QB and was ranked as the nation's No. 61 OLB by Scout.

In fact, it was Tech's desire to have him play running back that helped it land Allen, a student with a 3.9 GPA who's related to former state legends Champ Bailey and Boss Bailey. That 3.9 GPA should help clue you in on what else helped lure Allen to Atlanta.

An updated look at the 2012 class:


Name Position Rivals, Scout Composite Height, Weight Hometown


Antonio Crawford CB 2.5 5'11, 175 Tampa, FL


Chase Roberts OG 3 6'3", 292 Norcross


Dennis Andrews ATH 2.5 6', 183 Tallahassee, FL


Francis Kallon DE 2.5 6'5", 241 Lawrenceville


Junior Gnonkonde OLB 3 6'4", 215 Lakeland


Marcus Allen RB 3 6'2", 210 Hilliard, FL


Michael Summers ATH 3 6'1", 190 Statesboro


Pat Gamble DE 3 6'4", 273 Carrolton


Tyler Stargel MLB 2.5 6'3", 250 Gulf Shores, AL


Will Adams OT 2* 6'5", 280 Tyrone


* Only rated by one service.

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Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.