Bruins Hard After Tell

Encino (Calif.) Crespi safety, Marvell Tell, is the number one player at his position nationally, and he's already earning plenty of local attention...

Encino (Calif.) Crespi safety Marvell Tell (6-2.5, 185), is the top safety nationally and has 16 offers in that span the country.

Tell owns offers from Arizona State, California, Colorado, Louisville, Miami, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, San Diego State, Tennessee, UCLA, USC, Utah, Vanderbilt, Washington and Washington State

In addition, Stanford is recruiting him as are several other national programs.

But few are recruiting him as hard as crosstown rivals UCLA and USC as well as Washington State.

"With UCLA, I've been keeping in contact with the coaches all the time," said Tell. "I'm planning on taking an unofficial visit there in a few weeks. Coach (Demetrice) Martin and Coach (Angus) McClure are recruiting me."

USC had Tell on campus last month for their Junior Day.

"It was great and I had a great time," said Tell. "My family and I went up there and checked out the school and it made a great impression. I like what they provided as a school and as a program. They talked about life after football and I liked it. Coach (Keith) Heyward is a real cool guy and a relaxed coach and teaches a lot of techniques.

Washington State will get him on campus this coming weekend.

"I'm going to Washington State on March 8 to visit and I'm looking forward to that visit," said Tell.

With all of the offers and even the three schools recruiting him hard, Tell said he's able to stay level headed and maintains he's wide open.

"All the schools are pretty much all on the same level," said Tell. "I'm still getting more offers so I'm taking my time and letting them come. I'm not in a rush right now to decide."

As a sophomore, Tell played in the same secondary with Tyler Foreman, who redshirted this past season at UCLA.

Tell said he hears from Foreman about the recruiting process, but after having gone through his own recruitment, Foreman isn't pushing Tell to UCLA.

"I talk with Tyler all the time, but not specifically UCLA. He's not really trying to recruit me, but he's just giving me tips throughout the recruiting process. He's been a good source of help," said Tell.

Tell said he's open to leaving the West if the right school is out of the region.

"It doesn't matter as far as location," said Tell. "If I feel comfortable, than location isn't too much of a factor."

Tell, who's already been invited to the U.S. Army Bowl, said he probably won't decide until well after that.

"I'm looking to announce on Signing Day," said Tell.

After missing the last three games with an injury, Tell is looking to get back on the field, and he'll do a number of camps and 7on7 tournaments this spring.

"I broke my collarbone so I missed the last three games," said Tell. "It was horrible and I wanted to be out there so bad. I played receiver too and played a big role. It's great to be back in the weight room and being back to 100%."

Academically, Tell has a 3.5 GPA and will take the SAT this spring.

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