For Marlon Humphrey, playing college football is a family affair. His father, Bobby, played at Alabama and eventually in the NFL. His brother, Maudrecus, is a wide receiver at Arkansas.
And now Marlon will play his college ball with the Crimson Tide.
Humphrey confirmed the news on his Twitter account:
Thanks for everyone that has supported me this far I'm happy to say I am committed to the University of Alabama!! #RollTide— Fruit PUNCH (@marlon_humphrey) January 29, 2014
Humphrey is one of the top recruits in the nation. 247Sports' composite rankings have him listed as a 5-star recruit, the top prospect from the state of Alabama, the third-best cornerback prospect in the country and the 12th-ranked recruit overall.
Unlike his father and brother, however, Humphrey will make his mark on the defensive side of the ball, either as a corner or possibly at safety down the line.
ESPN Insider (subscription required) offered the following scouting report on Humphrey:
Humphrey is a fast and instinctive lockdown corner with coveted aggressiveness and play-making ability out on the perimeter. The rangy and fast closing Humphrey is well-versed in schemes and could develop as a man or zone corner at the next level, or potentially develop into a safety with added size.
Standing 6'1" and weighing 175 pounds per his 247Sports profile, Humphrey already has the ideal size to be a lengthy corner who can get a good jam off the line. He also has the top-end speed to recover if a receiver gets a clean release. And he may not be done growing.
During his three seasons at Hoover High, Humphrey totaled 13 interceptions (and returned three of those for touchdowns), broke up 24 passes and recovered two fumbles.
Humphrey's bloodlines suggests he should hit the college game as a well-adjusted young man. He's learned many lessons from his father—who had his fair share of legal troubles in the NFL—about how to behave as a young athlete.
And his athleticism is unquestioned, as he is one of the best hurdlers in the country. There's a lot to like about this kid; there are no two ways about that.
He might not make an impact in his freshman season, but learn the name Marlon Humphrey now; you'll be hearing it soon enough on Saturdays.