Marcus Allen says he’s returning to Penn State

Safety Marcus Allen is returning to Penn State for his senior season in 2017, he said in a Twitter statement Sunday.

Allen said he’d received positive NFL feedback and met with Nittany Lion coach James Franklin. He will be a fourth-year senior.

“After a series of long conversations with my family, as well as those I trust, and long nights on my knees in prayer, I’ve decided to return to Happy Valley and Penn State Nation for my senior season,” said Allen. “The NFL will be there and next year I trust that God will prepare and deliver me wiser, stronger, and healthy to meet that challenge.”

Allen finished the regular season with 101 tackles, including 22 against Minnesota. That was the third-highest FBS single-game total last fall and the most by a PSU player since Paul Posluszny in 2005. It was the most by a Big Ten player in five seasons. The All-Big Ten third-team pick also blocked the field goal which led to the go-ahead special teams touchdown against Ohio State. He also had 15 tackles for loss and two fumble recoveries.

Receiver Chris Godwin and defensive end Garrett Sickels have already declared for the NFL draft from a Penn State team which finished 11-3, winning the Big Ten title and losing the Rose Bowl on Jan. 2.