Udell Re-opens Recruitment

One of the top cornerbacks in the Mississippi junior college ranks last year was Marcus Udell from Copiah-Lincoln Community College. He signed with the Alabama Crimson Tide last year out of Tallahassee (Fla.) Amos P. Godby High School. Udell has re-opened his recruitment and has set his sights on the Gators.

What makes him even more attractive than his athletic ability is the fact that he plans to graduate in December clearing the way for early enrollment.

At 6-1, 193-pounds with 4.43 speed, Marcus Udell has the speed and physical abilities to play man coverage.

"I love to play in your face bump and run coverage," Udell said. "Last year they put me out on an island and let me do my thing. I ended the season with five interceptions which was near the top in the league."

For his sophomore season, Udell plans to head out west.

"I am going to transfer schools," he said. "Things were not going the way that I thought they would go when I arrived last season. I am going to head out to California to the College of the Canyons."

The decision to open up the recruiting process has not been an easy one for Udell.

"It has been very hard for me to start going through this again," Udell said. "Florida has been recruiting me hard. Coach Heater calls me just about every week to stay in touch and see how things are going to make sure that I am on track with grades and everything. He keeps telling me to stay on track with life outside of football and he will be out to get me."

One of the things that makes the University of Florida so attractive to Udell is the youth at the corner back position.

"I played in two all-star games with Jacques Rickerson and Markihe Anderson, so I am pretty familiar with the kind of corners that they are," he said. "They are both kind of small corners with good speed. I am a big physical corner that plays right in your face the entire game and with my size and strength; I can be very physical with receivers. Last year I played man coverage 90 percent of the time."

Udell knows exactly what he is looking for at the next level.

"Playing time is what I am looking at and the Gators need help at the cornerback position," he said. "Coach Heater is telling me that it is wide open as far as playing time goes. I know the people on the team and no one at Florida scares me. I love competition and they have great athletes that will only help me become a better player."

The Gators have not offered Udell at this time. Coach Heater tried on a couple of occasions to travel to Mississippi to meet up with Udell but they were never able to make that happen.

"Coach Heater told me that he will make a couple of trips out to California this year to check me out and he wants to see how my senior season goes."

My Take: Marcus Udell is a big physical corner that loves to play in your face press coverage. Many teams have stayed away thinking that he would sign once again with Alabama. Now that he is open, look for teams with a need at cornerback to take notice. If Udell receives a Florida offer, I believe he is in the class of 2008.

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