Tell talks Trojans

Army All-American safety Marvell Tell has Crespi battling for first place in the stacked Mission League with schools like Serra and Bishop Amat. With a bye this week, Tell took time to talk a little recruiting.

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 specific role.

“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 day announcement.

“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 looking at.”

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 some point.

“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 look too.” Top Stories