Udell is a shut-down corner for Canyons

Making the move from Copiah Lincoln to College of the Canyons, CB Marcus Udell (6-1, 185) said he wanted to compete against the best players the JC ranks had to offer. Did he find that in his one season at COC and did that prepare him for the move to the D-1 level? Udell talked about that and several other subjects recently with JCFootball.com. Read on to get the whole story...

"I played at Talahassee High School in Florida," Udell told JCFootball.com recently. "We have a ton of great players there and I was recruited by a a lot of schools out of high school.

"I signed with Alabama out of high school, but I didn't get a qualifying test score so I decided to stay close and so I signed with Copiah Lincoln and I had a lot of fun there."

Udell finished the season with five interceptions and 40 tackles to his name, but said he wanted to get a change of scenery so he headed west to Canyons.

"When I was thinking about going somewhere else, everyone was like 'you gotta play in Cali' so I was like 'what school would be the best fit for me?'," Udell recalled. "Canyons is a good school and they always have good talent and the coaches here are really good and they needed a playmaker in the secondary so I came here.

"I think the players here are good, but there are good players everywhere so I don't think it was better here than anywhere else. But it definitely was tough."

For the season, Udell finished his sophomore season with 47 tackles, four picks and at least 15 passes broken up and he sees himself as that shut-down corner that everyone is looking for.

"I'm strong and I have enough speed to run with anyone," Udell, who sports a 4.44 forty time, said confidently. "I read patterns pretty well so that really helps me a lot and I can break on passes and then I won't get out-muscled because I have the strength (305 pound bench) and leaping ability (38-inch vertical) to go up against the biggest receivers."

As far as recruiting is concerned, Canyons' success this year on the field brought in a lot of coaches from D-1 schools and he's got two visits set up at this point.

"I'm going to North Carolina State on January 30th and Clemson on January 18th," Udell said. "West Virginia called me this week and they said they are looking for a playmaker in the secondary and that they want me pretty bad, but they haven't offered yet so we'll see how bad they actually want me.

"Florida State also called and they are interested as well, but nothing is really going on with them right now because they just started looking at me."

Wherever Udell ends up he'll have three years to play two and he expects to graduate in May of 2008.

We'll continue to follow Udell as he gets ready to set up his next couple visits as well.

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