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Uh, Come to Penn State? -- Keenan Allen Adds Sudden Drama To Signing Day

Surprise, surprise, surprise.  Just when you thought Penn State was completely done with recruiting, it looks like our Signing Day cliffhanger has arrived in the form of five-star safety prospect Keenan Allen.

With National Signing Day almost here, Alabama has all but lost the top-rated commitment on its board.  North Carolina wide receiver/defensive back Keenan Allen has dropped Alabama from consideration, according to multiple sources familiar with his recruitment.


Rodney Orr of is reporting that Allen will now choose Wednesday between Cal and Penn State, which would be a surprise contender.


We're talking the #1 safety prospect in the nation here, according to Scout and Rivals.  Ironically, there are rumors that he doesn't want to go to a school where he'll play safety.

Allen visited Penn State for the 2008 Illinois White House game, so it's not like we're totally sight-unseen.  And there's another Happy Valley connection in play here (props to the Googling skills on the FOS boards for this one):

Two other surprise visitors were the Greensboro, N.C., Northen Guilford tandem of Chris McCain and Keenan Allen. McCain is a 6-6, 210 senior defensive end. Allen (6-2, 200), whose father is from State College, might be one of the top athlete prospects in the junior class and is already being pursued by a host of programs across the country, including Alabama.


To say this is out of left field is the understatement of the year.  There's talk of Allen being a package deal with his half-brother Zach Maynard, a soon-to-be transferring quarterback at Buffalo.  National recruiting analysts aren't buying the Penn State rumors yet, predicting that Allen and Maynard end up at Cal.  Still, something to watch during a week in which we thought we'd be spectators.