Marcellus talks Vanderbilt

Jacky Marcellus would be able to do a variety of things in a Commodores uniform. The staff offered the 5-foot-8, 173-pound running back-wide receiver- defensive back, who plays at Immokalee High School in Collier County, Florida, during the spring evaluation period. Marcellus hasn't made many visits out of state but says he keeps in regular contact with the Vanderbilt coaches.

"I talk to Coach (Charles) Walker every week or every other week," said Jacky Marcellus. "They like me in the backfield [at running back] or in the slot. When they offered me in May they talked about how explosive I was on the field and how elusive I can be with the ball in my hands. They were really high on my all-around game. They were going to watch me in spring ball but I dislocated my elbow and sat out."

As a junior, Marcellus rushed for 692 yards and had 746 yards receiving. He had a combined 18 touchdowns including one by way of punt return. On defense, he made 15 tackles and three inceptions at cornerback. His current offers are from Appalachian State, Ball State, Cincinnati, Connecticut, FAU, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Northern Illinois, Rutgers, Toledo, Vanderbilt, and West Virginia. At this time, he says he has no favorites.

"They're all the same," he said of his offers. "I'm going to narrow my list by the end of August, but now I try to call everybody the same amount. I was hoping to commit by the second game in September, but I want to take all five of my official visits.

"I want to play in a spread offense. I wouldn't eliminate a school if they don't use the spread, but that's the offense I'd prefer to be in. The town has to love football. You look at somewhere like Morgantown that's crazy about their football and that's the type of environment I want to be in. I'd also like a school with good academic support with tutors to give you some help if you need it."

Marcellus has made on unofficial visit to Appalachian State and camped at FIU. Last year, the Immokalee Indians fell to Palmetto in the 5A regional final. Marcellus, however, was superb with seven catches for 191 yards and a touchdown and also returned a punt for a score. In the spring, he qualified for state in the long jump. His senior season will be his fourth as a starter for Immokalee.

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