Tell changes commitment timeline

Encino (Calif.) four-star safety Marvell Tell, a three year starter at Crespi High School, plan on making his college commitment a little bit earlier than he previously planned.

Encino (Calif.) four-star safety Marvell Tell is changing things up in his recruitment.

While Tell had originally planned on taking all five of his official visits to out of state school, he made a surprise trip to USC this weekend for an official visit.

“Things were great,” said Tell. “I’m glad I took my official. I wasn’t expecting to at first, with USC being a local school, but me and my family decided to do so.

“We’re glad we made that decision. We learned a lot more about the academic side of things. We were pretty impressed with that. We got a real feel for how it is being on campus and being around the players. I had a great time.”

Tell, who has already officially visited Oregon and Vanderbilt, spent much of his time on campus hanging out and socializing with USC’s younger players.

“I was around John Plattenburg, Adoree Jackson, Juju (Smith) and Justin Davis the most,” said Tell. “Talking with those guys, I think they’re headed in an upward direction. I mean, I see them getting better and the younger guys getting more experience.

“They have a lot of young guys on the team and they seem hungry to keep building.”

A major move for USC in Tell’s recruitment was when he unofficially visited with Trojans defensive back coach Keith Heyward over the summer. It was then Heyward gave Tell a roadmap to making an early impact at USC.

“I was with Coach (Justin) Wilcox and Coach Heyward in the meeting room and we were going over film of where they saw me playing,” said Tell. “It depends on my body type and how I grow, but they see me as a high safety, maybe a roll down nickel corner or even a standard corner.”

Tell, 6-foot-2, 185-pounds, may have gained some weight on his visit to USC. While he did plenty of walking touring the campus, he also ate well.

“The highlight was probably going to Coach Sark’s house,” laughed Tell. “That was the best part about it. His house is amazing. He has a beautiful home.

“We were all just hanging out eating and having a good time. I’m really glad I went.”

Going forward, Tell will take one more official visit and then bump his commitment timeline up to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

“Next weekend I’ll be on my Texas A&M visit,” said Tell. “After that, I should be coming up with my decision soon. I’ll probably announce at the Army game.”

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