College of the Canyon's CB Marcus Udell has put together a solid season thus far in 2007. The 6-1, 195 pounder with 4.4-second speed in the 40-yard dash has helped lead his team to an 8-2 record and a spot in the playoffs. Along the way he's collected 35 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, two interceptions, five pass-breakups and two forced fumbles.
Udell was particularly effective against East LA junior college last month as he finished that contest with two picks and was named conference player of the week for his efforts. This past week he led the team with 11 tackles in a disappointing loss to Bakersfield.
On the recruiting front, Udell has seen interest pick up for his services over the last few weeks. In addition to regular contact from NC State, he is also hearing from Clemson, West Virginia and Florida. So far he's been able to set official visits with two of those schools.
"NC State has been serious with me all along and I'm going to be there for an official visit on Jan 30," he said. "That was when they wanted to schedule it. Clemson has been getting serious too and I'm going there for an official visit on Jan 18. West Virginia is waiting on my film and then we're going to talk about a visit. Florida also said they're waiting on my film."
Udell was a fairly solid lean to NC State in earlier updates but it appears with the new interest, he's taken on a more open approach currently.
"I'm just trying to go somewhere and play," said Udell. "I want to go on my visits and talk to the players because they can give you a good feel about the program. I also want to get to meet the staffs and just keep this thing moving along.
"I really just want to visit these schools, see what they have to offer and then make my decision. I'd like to make an early decision so I don't plan on dragging it out."
One factor in the Pack's corner has been the steady presence of Wolfpack DB coach Mike Reed.
"He calls me on a weekly basis and stays in touch," said Udell. "He tells me he just wants me to finish up academically and come up and see what they're about."