RECRUITING: Confident Udell Loves Florida

On a team loaded with athletes, Tallahassee Godby's Marcus Udell is the "best athlete on the team" according to Coach Shelton Crews. The 6-1, 180-pound cornerback confidently agrees with his coach and the necklace he wears around his neck probably says it all.

"Marcus likes to be called the lock down corner," he said. "He wears a half of a set of handcuffs around his neck to signify lock down. Marcus is probably directly responsible person for DeAndre [McDaniel] intercepting so many passes. If Marcus and the other corner couldn't play man coverage, DeAndre would have to be more involved in the man coverage scheme."

Udell oozes confidence when he talks about playing cornerback. He has the size, the speed and the strength to play the game at a high level but playing corner is quite often more than just physical attributes. The best corners are confident guys who believe they can't be beaten, and that's Marcus Udell.

"You don't need to worry about any passes getting in the backfield (in his direction)," Udell said. "I bring speed, experience and am the hardest hitter on the team. I'm the best corner in the state. They know that, just watch the film."

Although he sounds quite a bit like another corner who made a big name for himself in Tallahassee --- a certain Deion Sanders at Florida State --- Marcus Udell is one corner who knows there is a world of football outside of the capital city. He's got a favorite school and he won't hesitate to tell you who it is.

"Florida," he said bluntly. "I talked to Urban Meyer yesterday as a mater of fact."

Because he's got the Gators on his mind doesn't mean other schools aren't pursuing him. He gets letters from as far away as Kansas State. All the state schools except Miami have shown a lot of interest in him. Illinois, Syracuse and Maryland have already offered.

Wherever he winds up, the deciding factors will be "The program and history, location, the coaching staff, and depth charts."

The recruiting process will go on for many more months and it's not the only thing on his mind. He's working hard along with Godby's many other talented seniors to make 2005 a year to remember.

"We are going to the state championship this year," he said. "The defense is strong, our experience and we will be able to run and pass the ball."

He's running track this spring, participating in the long jump, triple jump and high jump. In his spare time, it's all football. He is a weight room warrior and he's spending more and more time watching game film. His parents were athletes, too, and he says his mother "played everything, track, football, and basketball."

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