Nobody is going to push Marlon Humphrey into anything. And just because his dad starred at Alabama in the 1980s doesn’t mean he’s definitely going to Tuscaloosa.
But one has to figure the Crimson Tide like their chances. Humphrey, the son of former Alabama running back Bobby Humphrey, cares about running track and field. The nation’s top cornerback prospect is also an elite hurdler … and he doesn’t plan on that ending any time soon. There are college athletic programs with better track and field programs than Alabama, and that’s one reason some of the other schools have at least small chance of wrestling him away from Bama. Florida State is probably the biggest threat, coming off its national title and with a very strong track program. Mississippi State and UCLA are on the outside looking in, this according to the younger Humphrey.
Humphrey (6-1/175) is planning to cram official visits in to all four of those schools–in a two-week period at the end of this month. He’ll start with Florida State this weekend, and Alabama the next. He plans to try to squeeze in midweek visits to Mississippi State and UCLA sometime during the same period. Keep an eye on those visits and see if they eventually get cancelled.
He originally planned on announcing his college choice publicly at a track meet on Feb. 1, but his father now tells Rivals.com that they will not do any kind of public announcement. Marlon will just call the coaches and inform them of his choice. He did seem intrigued by fellow elite DB Tony Brown’s choice of heading to Alabama, as Brown is also a nationally recognized track and field athlete.
Editor’s note: Saturday Down South will do quick updates on all of the top uncommitted prospects, leading up to national signing day. Next up on Tuesday–Adoree Jackson.