Marvell Tells the country why it's USC

SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- Marvell Tell chose USC over scholarship offers from more than a dozen schools. Saturday, it came down to the Trojans winning Tell's commitment over Oregon, Texas A&M and Notre Dame.

It was a late June afternoon when Crespi four-star safety Marvell Tell unofficially visited USC and defensive backs coach Keith Heyward.

That visit was the turning point in Tell’s decision to become a Trojan as he announced Saturday from the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

“It was just as I started coming around more often, I kind of got a feel for the school and everyone around it,” said Tell. “I was attracted to it basically and I just kind of fell in love with it almost.

“Coach Heyward really gave me a vision for where I would play and how I would contribute too. We have a good relationship and that was when we really started to get to know each other more.”

With limited scholarships, USC is projected to bring in four-to-five defensive backs in 2015. As Tell looked around the players lounge at the Army All-American Bowl, he sees a bright future for the Trojans’ secondary.

“They’ve definitely harped on that. Just being around here at this Army Bowl situation, it’s a lot of USC guys up here I’m noticing. It’s going to be a real good class coming up.

“Me, Isaiah (Langley), Ykili (Ross), we’ve all been talking about it and a whole bunch of other guys. Ykili commits at the game too, but we have been talking about that USC class and how special it’s going to be.”

Unlike Ykili Ross and USC quarterback commit Ricky Town, Tell is a more laid back attitude toward helping build the Trojans 2015 recruiting class. 

“I mean, I’ll try to convince a guy a little bit, but at the end of the day, that’s their decision,” said Tell. “I’m not going to try to force them to make a decision. That’s on them.”

Away from football, Tell has a very specific educational path in mind.

“They’re physical therapy program is what I’m going there for,” said tell. “I’m looking into majoring in kinesiology and after that, I’ll probably go to physical therapy school and continue my education there.”

Announcing in the fourth quarter of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, Tell is happy to end the recruiting process and look forward to stepping n campus at USC next fall.

“Recruiting has been fun,” said Tell. “At times, it got a little hectic, but at the end of the day, it’s all fun and I’m glad I got to go through it.

“I just look forward to showing USC fans my intelligence, work ethic and that I’m a leader by example.”

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