Marlon Humphrey is one of the premier prospects in the country, as the cornerback is an elite 5-star recruit. At 6'1" and 175 pounds, the Alabama native has a long frame for a corner, great athleticism and quickness.
Humphrey also has terrific instincts, awareness and anticipation skills. He has every offer a high school football player could ever want, but has whittled his list down to several finalists, according to Kipp Adams of 247Sports. At this stage of Humphrey's recruitment, it's time for each of his final schools to start making their last sales pitches to lure him to sign with their program.
Family ties, a history of winning and the NFL are parts of one team's sales pitch. Another team will center its message around early playing time, while the thought of blazing his own path will be provoked by an ACC powerhouse.
Mississippi State is still in the race for Humphrey, and the Bulldogs are going to do everything they can to pull off perhaps their biggest recruiting coup in recent memory.
Head coach Dan Mullen can sell early playing time, close proximity to home, SEC membership and a chance to be one of the faces of Mississippi State football for four years. If Humphrey were to sign with the other schools on his list, he likely wouldn't be heard from for a season or two, plus he would be just another good player on a good team.
Mississippi State's sales pitch:
"Come to Mississippi State, where you'll likely start early in your career in the SEC. You'll immediately be one of the faces of the program, the fans will treat you like a king and you'll become a legend by just taking taking our program to the next level. You'll be close to home, and also will not face as much pressure as you will at other programs."
The Seminoles are another team Humphrey is seriously considering. With Florida State's history of producing great defensive backs, winning tradition and annual abundance of talent, things could be fun for Humphrey in Tallahassee.
Tallahassee is also just a five hour drive from Birmingham, so Humphrey still would be relatively close to home. He would be part of a defense with young talent that prides itself on playing fast and physical.
Florida State's sales pitch:
"Come to Florida State and be the final piece we need to win a national title. We put defensive backs in the NFL every year, and you will be next. Instead of following the family's footsteps, you can blaze your own path here, and become your own man. You'll still be in the South, not too far from home and we'll surround you with exceptional talent. You can also save your body here for the NFL by not getting beat up in the SEC."
With Humphrey's father, Bobby, being an Alabama alum, the Crimson Tide are firmly entrenched in the sweepstakes for the talented cornerback.
Alabama can preach family ties, its recent run of dominance on the field, a talented roster, great facilities, an intense fanbase, its recent history of putting cornerbacks in the NFL and Nick Saban.
Alabama's sales pitch:
"Come to Alabama and get prepared to be an NFL cornerback, while also winning championships while playing in the SEC. Coach Saban is hands-on with the defensive backs, so you'll be personally coached by him. Everything we do will be aimed at getting you ready to be a great pro. We've had several recent cornerbacks get drafted high, and we'll do all we can for you to follow that trend. Our program is demanding, but we'll win often. You'll be surrounded by the best players in the nation, play in a big game every Saturday and make your family proud by staying in your state, and playing for your father's alma mater."
It would be surprising if Humphrey did not sign with Alabama. All three finalists have strong hypothetical sales pitches, but Alabama has many advantages. The Crimson Tide are the premier team in the nation, recruits are drawn to Nick Saban and winning would be easiest in Tuscaloosa, of all places on Humphrey's list.
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