NC State made a run at Tallahassee (Fla) Godby's standout CB Marcus Udell back in 2006 and actually hosted the three-star prospect on an official visit. The Pack is pursuing Udell again after the talented defensive back received an offer from State several weeks ago.
As a senior at Godby, Udell collected eight interceptions, 18 pass breakups and 50 tackles en route to a three-star ranking by Scout.com and being listed as the No. 17 player in Florida by the Orlando Sentinel.
Udell ultimately committed to Alabama out of high school over offers from LSU, NC State and Maryland among others. However, he failed to qualify and spent this past season at Copiah-Lincoln Community College in Wesson, MS. In his first season- interestingly enough- with the Wolfpack, Udell snagged five interceptions. One school that has wasted no time in rejoining the race for his services was NC State. With Udell no longer considering Alabama, State has emerged as a major player.
"I got an offer from NC State in the mail about two or three weeks ago," said Udell. "I talked to coach Reed and right now, they're my number one school. I can see that they're serious about me. Since they offered, I just want to see how the season goes because I'm planning on committing early. I don't want to wait it out.
"I visited there once already and Reggie Davis used to play at my high school so I pretty much know about NC State. But I really liked coach Reed. He was down to earth and real cool. He showed me that he was serious about me but I just want a chance to watch the secondary."
At 6-1, 195 pounds, Udell said State is recruiting him primarily as a free safety but he could get a shot at cornerback as well.
In addition to the Pack, Florida is also showing quite a bit of attention.
"I'm hearing from a bunch of schools but State and Florida are probably showing me the most attention. Those two are probably my top two. I've talked to coach Heater and he said they're looking to sign some defensive backs. They won the national championship so obviously that's impressive. They haven't offered yet, though."
Udell plans to graduate from Co-Lin in December and will arrive at a division one school in January with two years of football eligibility remaining.