Bruins After Tell Hard

UCLA is one of the schools recruiting the Encino (Calif.) Crespi four-star safety, Marvell Tell, the hardest...

Encino (Calif.) Crespi safety Marvell Tell (6-2.5, 185), is enjoying being back out on the field this spring on the 7v7 circuit.

After missing the last few games of the season with a broken collarbone, the West's top safety prospect is glad to be playing again.

"My collarbone is 100% and has been for a while," said Tell. "I'm having fun out there."

For Tell, one of the most physical defenders in the region, he's also learning to play within himself while playing 7v7.

"It's hard because I'm a hitter, but I do a pretty good job of controlling it and not hitting people and getting the refs mad at me," said Tell.

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

He visited USC in February for their Junior Day and was in Pullman earlier this month for the Cougars' Junior Day.

"I had a great time at Washington State," said Tell. "It was definitely not what I expected. People asked me why I would go to Washington State to visit, but I'm glad I took that visit. It's a small town but I really liked it. They're going to be competing for championships soon, I can tell you that. Coach (Mike) Leach is doing good things there."

The weekend before that, Tell visited Stanford for their Junior Day.

"Stanford is real big on academics so that was a great experience there because I learned a lot. I was able to take some stuff home with me. They really like me but just want me to work on a few academic things and take some AP classes before they offer," said Tell.

Tell plans to visit UCLA in the next two weeks.

"I've been planning to visit UCLA this spring so I'm going to do that in the next two weeks," said Tell.

The Bruins and Cougars, in fact, are recruiting Tell the hardest.

"Probably the hardest is UCLA and Washington State," said Tell. "Coach Meat (Demetrice Martin) is recruiting me at UCLA and Coach (Paul) Volero is recruiting me at Washington State."

Tell, who's been selected to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, said a decision won't come until after that.

"I'm not really in a hurry, I'm just trying to take it slow with my family, my dad and my mom and waiting until Signing Day," said Tell.

Tell will be at the Oakland NFTC in May and will keep playing on the 7v7 circuit with D1 All-Stars.

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