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November 8, 2012
They are the best of the best. The players wanted by every program and destined
to make a big impact at the college level and beyond. Rivals.com has identified
the first five-star prospects for the 2014 class and is unveiling them this
week. Ten prospects have been awarded five-stars but are not ranked at this time
and we will profile two each day. One of today's five-stars is Hoover, Ala.
cornerback Marlon Humphrey.
Attributes: 6-0, 170, 4.41 40
Analyst's Take: "Humphrey displays all the tools to be a shutdown corner at the next level and beyond. He still has some developing to do, but he has the clay you want to mold for an impact player in the secondary. Humphrey makes others around him better and is only going to improve as he body fills out and he adds upper body strength. He had a great sophomore season that has deterred opponents from throwing his way this fall, but that is more of a compliment than a slight. He can take away half of the field and make plays on defense from the secondary without the ball been thrown his way because he can play the run and contributes on special teams. He closes well and is ball friendly when battling for position with the ball in flight. He is one of the best pure football players in this class." -- Kynon Codrington, Southeast Analyst, Rivals.com
Why He's A Five-Star: "Humphrey is a big playmaker who has good size, long arms and a frame that will fill out nicely. His instincts in off coverage are excellent and he is very adept at proper spacing and always being in position. He can break on the football very quickly, has excellent ball skills and consistently gets his head around to make a play on the football. When the ball is in the air, oftentimes Humphrey has as good a chance of making a big play as the receiver he is covering." -- Mike Farrell, National Analyst, Rivals.com
His Coach Says: "I think the biggest thing with him is he is always looking to get better. I think he understands the game very well. He understands leverage and he has great speed. But I think the thing that makes him so special is the fact he is such a physical football player. He's not just a cover corner, he can come up and make tackles too. He has a great knowledge of the game, he can match routes. I think one thing that helps him too is our tempo in practice because he is able to get a ton of fast-paced reps at game speed and that only makes him better. I knew from his development in the eighth grade that he would have a chance to be special. His sophomore year he wasn't running with the ones, but we decided to throw him into the fire and he made the most of it. This year a lot of teams are throwing away from him." -- Hoover Head Coach Josh Niblett
Odds And Ends: Marlon is the son of University of Alabama legacy, Bobby Humphrey, who spent five seasons in the NFL and played for the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XXIV. ... As a sophomore, the younger Humphrey ran a 13.97 110-meter hurdle time to break the AAU National Record held by Heisman Trophy winner and Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III. ... As a sophomore he had his breakout game on national television against South Panola (Miss.) with an interception and a blocked punt.
NFL Player Comparison: Patrick Peterson, Arizona Cardinals