UA Game: Marlon Humphrey

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Marlon Humphrey is one of several five-stars participating at the Under Armour All-America week in Florida, but he's got a later timetable for a decision than most. He breaks down four schools that will host him next month and much more inside.

Marlon Humphrey's December has been a busy one.

The five-star cornerback out of Hoover (Ala.) High led the Bucs to a second-straight Class 6A state championship in the month's first week, solidified his status as the top prospect in the state the following week during the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game week and now he is among the nation's best at the Under Armour game.

After the week's initial practice Sunday, where he again held his own, the focus shifted to recruiting with a quartet of schools expecting to host him on an official visit next month.

"My first one is Florida State (January 17) and then I'm leaving that Sunday to UCLA, I think, and then the next weekend (January 24) is ‘Bama and then I'm leaving to Mississippi State that Sunday," he said. "Then after that, I have a week and that'll be it. I won't take an official that next weekend (January 31) since I have that track event."

Humphrey plans to announce his commitment on February 1, at the AHSAA indoor track and field championships. Alabama, Florida State and Mississippi State have been in the public picture for some time, but the Bruins have quietly been in the mix as well.

"UCLA and I have been talking for a while, I was never asked about them so I've just never said anything about it," he said. "Me and Coach Meat (Demetrice Martin) have been talking a long time, so I've always wanted to visit out there so I don't want to miss out on the opportunity."

Still, the No. 11 player in America's senior class has two familiar programs -- Alabama and FSU -- atop his list going into the home stretch.

"That's definitely my top two," he said. "I'm just looking for a place where I'll have fun playing and enjoy my four years of football.

"I just want to find a place I can enjoy life, play football, get a good education and be around people that will make me a better guy, not just a better football player."

Humphrey says his relationship with his top two schools is about even. He first mentioned Jeremy Pruitt of Florida State on Sunday and then admitted Tide assistant Kirby Smart and Alabama are "just as good" in speaking of his relationship with coaches during the recruiting process.

"Both of those guys are pretty cool to talk to, not just about football," he said.

Track and field, which is what he plans on competing in at the next level as well, is a different story.

"I'm really close with FSU's track coaches, Coach Ken [Harnden], Coach [Brandon] Hon...all those guys," Humphrey said. "I know a lot of their athletes. Bama's track coaches, I'm not that close to them but I talk to them.

"I talk to (head coach) Coach [Don] Waters, we talks about track, so I'm good with both coaching staffs."

With that final week in between the Mississippi State official visit and the track championships in Birmingham, it will be all about evaluation first by himself, then with the Humphrey family.

"I'll sit down with my parents probably, tell them where I want to go, ask some questions and that's about it," he said. "I'll make my decision."

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