Udell: 'NC State is my No. 1 School'

Marcus Udell strongly believes that he made the right decision to play his sophomore season at College of the Canyons.

After attending Wesson (MS) Co-Lin CC as a freshman, Marcus Udell is now a starting cornerback for the Cougars, and he remains thrilled with his decision.

"I'm doing real good out here," Udell told Pack Pride. "We're 4-1... we're going to try and win it all this year. We want to win our division and the national JUCO championship. We have a lot of depth, and I think we've got a good chance.

"We're winning games and that's what I want to do. My old team is 1-4 or 1-5 now and we're out here winning, so I am happy. On the field, nobody throws to my side. I'm working on my technique and just trying to play football. I'm making the best out of the situation."

What does Udell like best about playing junior college football in California?

"I think there is a lot more exposure out here," he stated. "I see a lot more talented players and there are better schools out here. I feel like it has helped my recruitment too."

The 6-foot-1, 195-pound cornerback has totaled nine tackles, two pass break ups and a forced fumble through his first five games.

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 over offers from LSU, NC State and Maryland among others.

Academics prevented him from enrolling at Alabama, and now he is a recruitable athlete again. A May enrollee, he is starting to look at scheduling official visits and is being helped with his recruitment by his head coach.

"Recruiting is going great," said Udell. "I need to sit down and talk with my coach some more about my recruiting. There's been a lot of schools calling. Right now I'm telling him NC State is my No. 1 school. They are the first to offer, and they really have my attention.

"Clemson is in the picture. They've picked up their recruitment of me and they are in the picture. Florida... [coach] Chuck Heater, is recruitng me. They have some young corners, and I played with most of them in high school. I think I could go in there and play."

NC State defensive backs coach Mike Reed has left an impression on Udell.

"Coach Reed is a great guy," he said. "He's confident, and I know he just left the league where he coached some great players. He believes in working hard, and I think right now the defensive backs are kind of in a slump. I think I can go in there and start if I work hard.

"I actually last talked with [coach Reed] yesterday. I've been talking with him about taking an official. I want to commit early so I want to go ahead and see some schools. I've been talking with coach Reed about possibly visiting later this month or next month."

Udell took an official visit to NC State while in high school, but at that time the Wolfpack's head coach was Chuck Amato. Now he is looking forward to meeting the new coaching staff because that is a major factor in his decision.

"The biggest thing for me is going to be the coaching staff," he said. "I'm not worried about competition. I want to see how that visit goes, and I want to meet up with the coaches.

"I want to sit down and talk with them and talk with some of the players on the team. I visited when Chuck Amato was there so I wnt to talk to the players and see what some of the different things are in the program. You've got to talk to the players because that is who you will be spending the most time with."

Udell is regarded as a three-star prospect by Scout.com.

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