State still leads for Dell

"Also, my decision depends on how far the school is from home. Michigan State has a slight edge because they are closer to home and it would be convenient for my parents to visit me. But we don't want to rush—we have enough time to decide which school is right," Dell said.

Scout.com four-star wide receiver Mark Dell (6-1, 177, 4.5), from Harrison High School in Farmington Hills (Mich.), said he favors Michigan State slightly over Iowa, Purdue, Wisconsin and Missouri. All have offered.

"My catching is my biggest strength—I guess I have big hands. But I want to do more catching so I get better at it. I do drills where I have different views of passes, like looking over my shoulder and catching high balls and low balls—everything," Dell said.

"Michigan State was the first to offer me. It may have even been back in December. I've been there a few times in March and then a seven-on-seven camp with my team on June 17. I've been able to get to know a lot more about Michigan State the last couple of months. They've impressed me by how much they throw the ball, and they always have five wide receivers on the field. I really like how they have lots of schemes like double-teaming to get the receiver open," he said.

"Iowa's coach came to my school and I know they've played in some bowl games. I have no in-depth knowledge of the way they play, because I haven't had time to visit with my busy high school team schedule. I'm going to try to make it there by late summer, if not in July.

"Purdue does a lot of passing. I think they even set a record for the most passing at a bowl game," Dell said.

"I haven't visited Wisconsin yet but I've talked to their coaches. I haven't had a first hand look at their fields and weight room to be able to compare it to other schools'.

"I have history with Missouri. One of my teammates is a junior or senior there, Marcus Woods (running back). He comes back to visit our high school once in a while and so I've heard a lot of good things about Missouri. They mix up their game by evening out the amount of passing and running they do," he said.

"I've been to a Nike camp, a Michigan Elite camp and the Scout.com combine in Louisville. I slightly injured my knee recently. It's not too bad; but I want to rest it as much as I can before the season starts, so I probably won't be going to any other camps.

"I want to go somewhere I'd be able to play—like I'd rather not join a team that is already stacked with wide receivers, because I would have to redshirt. I know I have to work for my spot, but I really want to play my freshman year.

"Also, my decision depends on how far the school is from home. Michigan State has a slight edge because they are closer to home and it would be convenient for my parents to visit me. But we don't want to rush—we have enough time to decide which school is right," Dell said.

Final junior season stats: 43 receptions for 935 yards and 11 TDs.

Dell reports a 2.5 core GPA and 19 ACT.


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