RECRUITING: "It was a great game" for Udell

With the Florida Gators losing one starting cornerback next year, others possibly leaving early, and a few other juniors on roster, the position has become a high priority. Marcus Udell is a shut down corner that thrives in press coverage -- something the Gators use plenty of times. The Tallahassee-Godby senior may be just what the doctor ordered for the Gator defense.

(Marcus Udell profile)

Godby's season ended earlier than expected this year but the 5-11, 180 pound Udell still turned out an impressive senior season starting at cornerback. He had eight interceptions, 18 pass breakups, and 50 tackles and was a mainstay on a stingy defense.

Udell was in the stands in Gainesville Saturday night to watch the Gators beat Florida State handily. He watched a defense completely dismantle the Noles.

"It was a great game," he said. "There were a lot of people and it was very loud. It was more than I expected. Both defenses did a pretty good job, but Florida was too fired up. They controlled the crowd and the game. They just seemed to dominate offense and defense."

Udell has a top five right college choices right now and talks a little about Maryland, Florida, Clemson, Alabama, and Iowa.

Maryland: "They have a real good defense. They were my first scholarship offer."

Florida: "They need defensive backs. Coach Meyer has shown me that he is really interested in me strictly at cornerback. Some are saying corner / safety. They like the way I play, that I stay fired up. I like contact, so I am a cover corner."

Clemson: "They are going to need a new safety there in a little bit."

Alabama: "They run the scheme that I like, man to man, and they run everything out of the press position. They are in the SEC, which is good conference. They need corners."

Iowa: "They really need defensive backs a lot.

It's a good school for education and are recruiting me very hard. The location is far, but I can handle that."

Two schools stand out in the pursuit of the big time cornerback and they also seem to offer immediate playing time, which isn't a big deal to Udell.

"Maryland and Florida are recruiting me the most," he said. "Iowa and Maryland offer the best opportunity to play early, but I want to red-shirt."

He wants to see first hand what the environment is like when he goes on his official visits. He has a couple set up, but is waiting on two more.

"I want to see how well the visits go and the coaches," he said. "I go to Maryland on December 16th, in early January I go to Florida. Ohio State is trying to set one up. Iowa is the last weekend in January. That is all that is scheduled right now."

Marcus Udell has been talked about on the Gator Country message boards for quite some time. He is big and physical for the corner position and for many a fan favorite. Udell will make a good impression on wherever he signs.

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