Four-Star Running Back Kaytron Allen Signs Letter of Intent With Penn State

By Joel Neuschwander on December 15, 2021 at 10:50 am
Four-star running back Kaytron Allen signed his letter of intent with Penn State.
Andrew Ivins, 247Sports

Welcome to the early signing period for the 2022 recruiting class here at Roar Lions Roar. Make sure to check out all of our other coverage today and in the coming days, and make sure to check out each profile of the newest Nittany Lions as they sign their letters of intent. (All photos you see below are courtesy of 247Sports)

Kaytron Allen rounds out a potentially game-changing pair of Penn State running back signees.

Kaytron Allen
Position: Running back
Height/Weight: 5'11/220 lbs.
High School: IMG Academy (Bradenton, FL)
247Composite Rank: ★★★★(0.9453)
Positional Rank: No. 130 Overall, No. 11 Running back, No. 19 in Florida
Commitment Date: July 16, 2021

RLR's Take

In a dominant July on the recruiting trail, Penn State landed two players who could shape the future of its backfield. While Nick Singleton is the top back in America, Allen, the ultra-talented IMG star, figures to factor into the backfield rotation sooner rather than later.

Allen doesn't have top-end speed, but he makes up for it with great vision and power, as well as a knack for weaving through traffic and running through contact. He won't be a dynamic receiving threat but still has decent hands, especially for a runner of his profile. Penn State has powerful backs on the roster currently with Noah Cain and Keyvone Lee, but Allen projects to be even more effective between the tackles than either of those other Florida products.

Moving Forward

Allen and Singleton both represent Penn State's future at running back, and while Singleton's path to immediate playing time is clearer, Allen will get his chance eventually. The Nittany Lions bring back nearly every 2021 contributor at the position, but if they want to inject some life into a dismal run game, they'll have a couple of intriguing young options. Similar to Singleton, while it may not happen immediately, it would be surprising to not see Allen as an important member of the rotation next fall.


Welcome to Penn State, Kaytron.