Penn State picked up its eighth verbal commitment to the freshman Class of 2014 on Friday when Marcus Allen, a safety from Wise High School in Upper Marlboro, Md., accepted the Nittany Lions' scholarship offer, several recruiting websites reported.

With Allen's commitment, the Nittany Lions are now more than halfway to their 2014 scholarship limit of 15 as mandated by last July's NCAA sanctions.

The 6-foot-2, 188-pound Allen, who is ranked four stars by Scout and 247 Sports and three stars by Rivals, is the first safety to accept an offer for next year from coach Bill O'Brien. Penn State's two starters at safety this season, Malcolm Willis and Stephen Obeng-Agyapong, are both seniors.

Allen, who reportedly made an unofficial visit to Penn State during last month's Blue-White weekend, is rated 23rd at his position by Scout and 29th by Rivals. He had received more than 20 offers including from Wisconsin, Michigan State, Northwestern, Illinois, North Carolina State, and Arizona.

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