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Humphries is using his busy summer and football bloodlines to help develop into a top recruit.

"I always seem to be around the ball. No matter where it is, I always seem to be there. That's the thing I can make a good defensive back great.”

Class of 2018 Sachse (Tex.) safety Isaiah Humphries has seen his recruitment pick up over the past few months. The four-star recruit holds offers from Houston, Oklahoma, Penn State, Cal, Duke, Colorado and Southern Methodist. He has also drawn interest from programs like Alabama, Michigan and Stanford.

Humphries has visited campuses all over the country, including Stanford for their junior day. He walked away from that event impressed with the Cardinal.

“What you get from Stanford is the education is just amazing. They stand on that, and you get so many benefits when going to a school like Stanford,” Humphries said. The coaches did a good job showing what Stanford can offer for their football program as well.”

The 5-foot-11, 185-pound recruit said the Stanford coaches have talked to him about playing safety and that he would fit nicely in their system. His style of play seems to fit the Cardinal.

“Smart…I always seem to be around the ball. No matter where it is, I always seem to be there," Humphries said. "That's the thing I can make a good defensive back great.”

That trait must be hereditary. Isaiah’s father, Leonard Humphries, was a Penn State defensive back and spent time with the Buffalo Bills, Indianapolis Colts and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. His bloodlines have helped him on the field and in the recruiting process, a time that most parents can go into “blind” according to Humphries.

“It really helps because my dad has gone through it. Most of these things have changed obviously, but he has always had good advice for pretty much everything. He's been there, he knows what it takes to get to the next level, so he's always been advising me."

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The recruiting process is still early for Humphries, who enters his junior year. He has plenty of time to grow and focusing on improving on and off the field.

“I want to improve on all the tangible things like speed, footwork and strength, all the things like that so I can be up there with the college athletes who have had more time develop. I'm definitely trying to work on that over the next couple seasons to get to where they're at.”


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