Four-star safety coming to WSU junior day

THE INK IS barely dry on the 2014 Letters of Intent but recruiting waits for no man and Washington State will be holding a junior day event for Class of 2015 prospects early next month. One of those who tells he'll be in attendance is a four-star safety out of California.

Indeed, Marvell Tell (6-2, 180) out of Encino, Calif., is ranked four stars and the No. 1 safety nationally by at this early stage of the game.

Tell, out of Crespi Carmelite High, already has a boatload of offers, figures to be a national recruit and has been said to be a strong lean towards USC. So Cougar fans might want to temper their enthusiasm. At the same time, Tell coming up for a junior day event on March 8 in Pullman is worth noting.

"I don't have any (leaders), I'm really taking it slow and I want to really study each school in detail. I want to find the school that's best for me," said Tell.

TELL IS JUST a junior but Mike Leach offered him long ago, back in May of last year.

"I think it was a combination of my dimensions. I'm a rangy guy, I can cover a lot of space, a lot of the field. I'm also a smart football player. I think those are a few of the things Washington State liked," said Tell.

Tell, who carries a 3.5 GPA, said he'll be coming up to the Palouse with his parents. And his main priority will be to check out the educational aspects.

"I will definitely be taking a look at their academics and I want to get my degree in Physical Therapy. I definitely want to check out that department. And then I just want to get a feel for the school," said Tell.

TELL SAID HE really didn't have many questions that need answering on his coming trip to WSU from the football side of things.

"Academics are obviously (most important). As far as football goes, I want to have a good relationship with my coaches and teammates. And I'm just looking to get that overall good vibe from a school…Distance isn't really a big concern with me. My parents would like me to go out to a different state…just to go to the right school or whatever the case may be," said Tell.

In addition to Washington State, Tell holds offers USC, UCLA, Cal, ASU, Utah, Washington, Notre Dame, Nebraska, Miami and others.

He posted 41 tackles (23 solo) with two interceptions, two pass breakups and a QB hurry as a junior. He also had 15 receptions for 253 yards and three TDs. He was named this past season first-team All-Serra League and second-team LA Daily News All-Area.

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