Michigan receiver names favorites

Mark Dell, a 6-foot-1, 175-pound wide receiver from Farmington Hills (Mich.) Harrison, was one of the most outstanding prospects to attend the Scout.com All-American combine last month at the University of Louisville. Dell talks all things recruiting, including scholarship offers and current favorites.

"Michigan State, Iowa and Purdue have all offered," Mark Dell said.

"Wisconsin and Indiana are the others schools that have shown the most interest in me right now. My favorites are Michigan State, Michigan, Iowa and Purdue. Wisconsin is coming on strong though.

"I'm keeping an open mind right now. I went to an adidas elite camp at Notre Dame and the Nike Camp at Ohio State."

Dell grew up a fan of hoops and thought being a basketball player was his future but now he understands that his bread is buttered with pigskin and he has the potential to be an outstanding wide receiver in the future.

We asked Dell what he thought his strengths were as a wide receiver and what he needs to work on to take his game to the next level.

"My catching ability and my route running are my biggest strengths," Dell explained.

"I also have the ability to catch the deep ball. I need to work on my strength. I need to get stronger and I'm going to work on my speed. I'd like to get faster."

What most people don't know about Mark Dell is that he's also an outstanding defensive back. Dell had seven interceptions as a junior and while it has not been ruled out that he could play defensive back in college, Dell says that wide receiver is where his heart is at.

"I like playing defensive back," Dell said. "There's something about when the ball is in the air and you get that interception but I want to play wide receiver. I'm an offensive player."

Dell told Scout.com that as of right now, he doesn't have any plans to graduate early in order to participate in spring ball in 2007 but he does intend on sitting down with his coach and family after the season to discuss that possibility.

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