RECRUITING: Udell's Recruiting Stock Soars

Wearing a mini-handcuff around his neck, Tallahassee Godby's Marcus Udell wants to be known as a "lockdown corner." The 5-11, 182-pounder who makes it tough for receivers to get off the line of scrimmage has made his presence felt at a number of camps this summer and his recruiting stock is soaring.

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Florida and Georgia are impressed enough that they have both offered him scholarships through his coach. Meanwhile, Florida State is taking more of a wait and see approach with a kid who lives practically around the corner.

"I went to Florida, Georgia, and FSU camps," Udell said last week. "Florida told me they are trying to sign four to five cornerbacks. They will play offenses that will need more corners to play. They tell me I have a chance to play early but I want to red-shirt when I go to college. I want time to get used to coverages and get used to the classroom

"I just want to get used to practicing and everything else involved. If they absolutely need me then I would. I really liked the camp it was real nice. Urban Meyer told me that I was probably the best defensive back at the camp … he liked that I was a competitor."

Recently he discovered something in common with one of the mainstays of Florida's secondary.

"I just found out I may be somewhat related to Jarvis Herring," he said. "We are both from Live Oak. I have talked to him a few times when I ran into him down there."

He turned in a good performance at the Georgia camp and he followed that up with a solid camp at FSU.

"There was a whole lot of talent up there," said Udell. "I went up against a few guys from Jacksonville. They said I was the best cornerback there. Coach Kirby Smart is recruiting me there. I hurt my quad at the Georgia camp in the one-on-ones. I waited and ran at the next camp,because I didn't want them to think I was scared to run it. They ran it on a turf outside, and the 40's are a little slower. The practices there were real intense, they pushed us a lot. It was real competitive.

"Florida State tried to teach us how to do their stuff. It was okay but not quite as good as Georgia. There were a few good receivers, some from Jacksonville. I did pretty good there and ran a 4.49 on grass."

His summer tour is complete and the coaches at the various schools in his immediate radar have gotten an up close and personal look at Udell. It is time for him to concentrate on the season and let the coaches figure out just who wants him the most. His coach thinks he could really help the team in more ways than he already does.

"I am done camping," he said. "I am just going to focus on the season now. I am going to play receiver and corner, so I need to get ready. I like receiver, but I like DB more. Coach said they needed a fifth receiver. I could start as the second or third receiver, but I need to concentrate on playing corner for the next level. Some people think I can play receiver at the next level."

At the Gator camp, the receivers to a man said that Udell was the hardest corner to get off the line from. He benches 300 pound and squats 510. He is a specialist at pushing the receivers around at the line of scrimmage.

"Playing up on the man is my strength," he said. "But, I have been focusing on playing man loose. That is the hardest thing to play. I have been running a lot this summer."

He has faced some good competition this summer at the camps he has been to.

"I went against the Justin Williams," he said. "He is probably one of the best if not the best of the receivers I have gone against. Tony Wilson was probably the fastest. Those two were probably the best."

His thinking has changed on the recruiting process and he doesn't want to make a favorite's list right now. In an earlier conversation, Udell favored Maryland.

"I am supposed to go to Maryland at the end of the month, but I am not going," he said. "I don't have a top five right now, but I guess I am going to sit down with coach and try and narrow it down."

Udell is still waiting on the written offers form some schools that have offered verbally through his coach. Look for the intensity to heat up and his state of mind about those schools to change when the hard copies arrive.


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