ENCINO, Calif. — Four-star safety Marvell Tell has been laying low on the recruiting trail this season.
While college coaches vigorously attempt to set up official dates with
Tell, he has been focused on helping Crespi back to the CIF playoffs
after a 4-7 season last year.
Thus an official visit to Vanderbilt and multiple unofficial visits to
USC have been all Tell has seen this season.
“I’ve been up to USC once or twice this season for games,” said Tell. “I think
they’re a very talented team, but they’re also young. They have a lot
of young dudes playing, but over the next few years, I think USC is
going to be something to deal with.”
At 6-foot-2, 185-pounds, Tell is described by Crespi head coach Troy Thomas as a tremendous open field tackler and team leader. With three
scholarship safeties on the roster, USC sees Tell filing a very
“When I met with them, I think they see me playing the same position
Su’a Cravens is,” said Tell. “That role down guy near the line who can
also play as a high free safety.
“I believe I could come and make an instant impact with them. They have
some guys leaving for the draft in a year or two and are already low on
scholarships. I definitely believe I’ll have an opportunity to come in
and show my skills.”
Of course, while playing time is a big factor in most recruits’
decisions on colleges, Tell paints a different picture for his signing
“Honestly, the depth chart is probably one of the last things I’ll look
at in determining what school I’ll go to,” said Tell. “No matter where
you go there is going to be competition.
“I’m not looking at depth charts and worrying who is going to play in
front of me. I mean, it’s important, but it’s not the first thing I’m
As for his future official visits, his itinerary remains intact with
Notre Dame, Oregon, Oklahoma and Texas A&M as destinations.
“I’m still taking all of my officials out of state,” said Tell. “I will
be up at USC soon, though. I may just be up there during the week at
“I grew up loving SC, pretty much. I played for the Pasadena Trojans
growing up and our colors with the same. I guess you can say I’ve
always looked at USC and thought, ‘Oh, I’d love to be a Trojan.’
“But with all of this interest with other schools, I’m taking my time
with a decision. I’m definitely giving all of the other schools a good
Tell talks Trojans
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