Udell Switches Schools

After completing a stellar freshman season at Co-Lin CC, defensive back Marcus Udell won't be returning to the Wesson, Mississippi junior college.

After completing a stellar freshman season at Co-Lin CC, defensive back Marcus Udell won't be returning to the Wesson, Mississippi junior college.

"I'm transferring schools," said Udell. "Things just weren't working out. I'm transferring out to California so I can go to a better school and a better program. I'm transferring out to the College of the Canyons.

"Over the past few years they've had a strong football program. Last year they had a down year, but I think it's a real good program for football."

Udell was a prep All-American out of Tallahassee (FL) Godby. As a senior, he 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.

He ultimately committed to Alabama out of high school over offers from LSU, NC State and Maryland among others. Is the Crimson Tide still in the mix?

"Alabama wanted to go through the recruiting process again with me even though I signed with them," said Udell. "I feel like I'm a legit player, and I'm not considering them anymore. I went to two or three of their practices, and it wasn't what I thought it would be."

Udell tallied five interceptions as a freshman at Co-Lin, and the 6'1, 195-pound cornerback is currently favoring two programs.

"NC State and Florida are right now the two hardest schools recruiting me," said Udell. "They are at the top of my list because they are serious about the recruiting process with me. You've got to look at the schools that are more serious about looking at you.

"NC State has already offered. They need defensive backs, and the cornerbacks coach is a real good guy. I know I can go in and play right away. It's a good program and they are pretty serious about me.

"Most of my mail has come from coach heater at Florida. We have a great relationship. He wants to see how my first semester goes academically [before offering]."

What is Udell looking for in a college?

"I'm looking for a good defensive scheme," he stated. "I want to play man coverage. I like to be on an island so I can show my skills. I like an aggressive defense."

Udell feels that he will have a chance to enroll at the college of his choice in January, and he will have three years to play two seasons.

"I'm probably going to make my choice early," said Udell. "After the first couple of games I'm going to get it over with."


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