'They've Got The Talent'

Marcus Udell has emerged as a major NC State prospect. We've got the latest on the schools he's considering and his thoughts on NC State.

One of Florida's top defensive backs is keeping his options open and NC State has as good a shot as any other school. Marcus Udell, a 5-11, 180-pound defensive back from Amos P. Godby High School in Tallahassee, FL, runs the 40-yard dash in 4.5 seconds. Godby's season came to an end this past weekend in the state playoffs. On the season Udell recorded 50 tackles, forced three fumbles, intercepted eight passes and broke up 18 other attempts.

"My strengths as a defensive back are definitely my speed and instincts," he said. "I like contact out there. I'm looking mostly at schools that let their corners play in press coverage. I like the challenge of going out there one-on-one against the receiver."

While he doesn't have any favorites right now, Udell is looking at Iowa, Alabama, LSU, Florida, NC State, North Carolina, Maryland, Florida State and Kansas.

"It's still too early for me to pick a favorite or even make a list. It wouldn't be fair for me to favor one school or another without having taken my visits yet. The only visit I've set up so far is to Maryland, and that's going to be on Dec. 16. I'll be ready to make my decision after that visit."

What does Udell know about NC State?

"I know they've established an identity as a defensive-minded team," he said. "They've got the talent, and I want to be a part of a team with all the pieces in place. They're still trying to put it all together, but I think they will. The defense has carried the team all season. I watched the game against Florida State and was real impressed. I know they have a new defensive coordinator too, because their last coordinator was recruiting me at Arkansas."

All of the schools Udell is considering have offered except Florida State. Most are recruiting him as an athlete, as he has the ability to play both cornerback and safety at the next level.

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