RECRUITING: Udell No Hurry To Name Favorite

Marcus Udell is a three-star rated cornerback from Tallahassee Godby, the 11th-ranked team in Class 3A. He is being heavily recruited on a national basis but despite all the pressure, he's taking things at a slow pace. He is not going to make any decisions at least until his high school football season ends.

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Udell epitomizes today's highly sought-after student athletes. He is an extremely talented athlete who is looked to by his teammates and coaches to provide leadership both on and off the field. Meanwhile, he must deal with the demands of school, trying to improve test scores for college admittance and, oh yeah, there's the recruiting process.

You might expect Marcus and those in similar shoes to be on edge and, at times, unable to deal with all these pressures. But, somehow, Udell keeps it all in perspective. He has a firm plan in place to help him deal with it all.

"Right now, I'm just taking my time with it," he said. "I'm waiting till after the season is over for most of that stuff."

The 5-11, 180-pounder is not about waiting when it comes to on the field results.

"I have four interceptions, 15 pass breakups, three forced fumbles and 20-plus tackles so far," he said.

Those numbers would place him on track to surpass his outstanding stats from last season which included 54 tackles, 4 interceptions, 10 pass break-ups, three fumble recoveries and three forced fumbles.

For the moment, he's scheduled only one official visit and that is to Maryland in December. He says he gets numerous calls each week from coaches who are trying to talk him into looking at their programs.

Udell said, "Schools call all the time. UCLA, Tennessee, Iowa, Georgia Tech, Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Miami, Arkansas, Maryland and North Carolina. Michigan State is a new one. Schools just call all the time."

Florida cornerbacks Coach Chuck Heater is recruiting Udell for the Gators.

"I like coach Heater a lot," he said. "He and Coach (Urban) Meyer are really nice guys."

Physically, Marcus is not a prototypical cornerback prospect. With a bench press over 300 pounds and squat at 515, he can and will "lower the boom" on those who cross his path on the field.

That aggressiveness will get a chance to pay off when Godby faces Wakulla and Tallahassee Lincoln in late-season district matchups.

"I think they both have 5-1 records," he said. "The Lincoln game will be for the city championship."


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