Marlon Humphrey is in a class of his own amongst 2014 football recruits. Humphrey recently took home a silver medal at the World Youth Track & Field Championships in the Ukraine and is now ready to solidify his list of official visits for the upcoming football season.
The Hoover High School senior is set on being able to run track and play football in college. As one of the top HS hurdlers in the nation he should have that chance.
"I was supposed to be at The Opening but I had to go to the Ukraine," Humphrey told CLA Sports.
Normal life for a college level athlete involves traveling to away games and hopping on airplanes from time to time. As a recruit who's already had the experience of being an athlete on a world stage, Marlon Humphrey is slowly preparing himself for the next level.
"I felt like a celebrity. Coaches were amazing. I felt like an Olympic athlete for the two weeks we were there," said Humphrey.
This year Hoover has a few tough games on the schedule.
"We got Colquitt County from Georgia.. an ESPN game and then we got Northridge from Tuscaloosa. Bo Scarborough, big-time running back committed to Alabama goes there," Marlon told CLA.
As the season approaches many recruits must decide where they will take their official visits.
I asked Marlon about where he plans to take his official visits and he has narrowed his list of officials to Florida State, Oregon, South Carolina, UCLA and Mississippi State.
UCLA is a new school in the mix for Marlon Humphrey and he's been in contact with defensive backs Coach Demetrice Martin.
Humphrey says that he doesn't plan on taking an official to Alabama due to the school's proximity to his hometown, but he still has the Crimson Tide as one of his top choices going into the season.
"I like Florida but I talked to them the other day and I think it's kind of late. They didn't get in contact with me early," Humphrey said.
Early playing time will be a factor in the Hoover superstar's decision, but he knows that the competition level in college will be much higher.
"You're really a nobody until you make a play at the next level. I'm definitely trying to get early playing time. I'm not trying to redshirt or anything like that," says Humphrey.
Marlon is used to make plays at the high school level and competed at the Rivals 250 camp in Chicago earlier this year. In particular, Humphrey said he was impressed with Adoree' Jackson and JuJu Smith from California.
Look forward to more updates with Marlon Humphrey and other top recruits on CLA.