Commitment Analysis: Marlon Humphrey

Marlon Humphrey pulled the trigger Wednesday and committed to Alabama. The Tide added an elite defensive back to their class and Scout takes an in-depth look at Humphrey here...

  • Prospect: Marlon Humphrey
  • Hometown: Hoover, Ala.
  • High School: Hoover
  • Class: 2014
  • Position: Cornerback
  • Size: 6-0/174
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  • Ranking on Scout: | No. 4 CB | No. 3 in Ala. | No. 30 Overall
  • Recruiting: Alabama won out as expected. Florida State made a run, but when Jeremy Pruitt left for Georgia, the Seminoles bowed out of this race.

  • Scouting Report: Humphrey has size at corner that catches the eye immediately. He is 6-feet tall with a good frame and long arms.

    His size plays into his success at cornerback. He is able to knock receivers off their routes, throw off the timing between receivers and quarterbacks, and he recovers better due to his length.

    In coverage, Humphrey is better right now playing off the ball than he is on it. He reads and reacts quickly and he really covers a lot of ground with long strides. He has struggles some in man coverage in recent events and needs to improve on his ability to turn and run. He needs to work on his back pedal and his balance in transition.

    His size helps him come up make those one-on-one tackles on the perimeter. He can get off the blocks, work his hands, and make the play that some cannot out on the island against the bigger back.

    Humphrey has always been so good and he has not always been tested. He is a very bright football player and he has been around the game his entire life. He is used to things coming easy, so he has to be ready to be challenged on the next level. He will be.

    Alabama is getting a corner who will come in ready to compete for playing time as a true freshman. He has the size you love, he is very instinctive, he makes plays on the ball, and he has still a lot of room to improve. Humphrey can be about as good as he wants to be. He plays with a quiet confidence, he knows the game, and he will be well coaches in Tuscaloosa.

    Chad Simmons is currently a National Recruiting Analyst for FOX Sports/Scout. He started with Scout in 2003 and then moved on to another Recruiting Service from 2004-2008 before returning to Scout the first of 2009 to become South Recruiting Manager.
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