7 Reasons Why 5-Star CB Marlon Humphrey Could Sign with Florida State

Edwin WeathersbyAnalyst INovember 19, 2013

7 Reasons Why 5-Star CB Marlon Humphrey Could Sign with Florida State

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    Marlon Humphrey is a 5-star cornerback who is one of the premier prospects in the nation. The Alabama native combines fantastic instincts with a 6'1", 175-pound frame.

    Humphrey's length allows him to get his hands on balls, but he also has great speed and awareness in coverage. His father, Bobby, played running back for Alabama, which is why he seems destined to play in Tuscaloosa.

    However, Florida State is thick in the mix, per a report by Chad Simmons of Scout.com (subscription required). The Seminoles boast more than a few reasons as to why they appeal to Humphrey.

    Player evaluations are based on review of tape at Scout.comRivals247Sports and ESPNU.

Jameis Winston

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    Although Florida State's superstar quarterback could likely bolt to the NFL after the 2014 season, the chance to play with Jameis Winston does appeal to many recruits.

    Winston has a charismatic personality, plus he has become a living legend. Also, like Humphrey, Winston was once an elite recruit from Alabama.

    The chance to play with Winston, while also learning how to handle the pressure of living up to expectations from him, could be a reason why Humphrey heads to Tallahassee.

2013 Momentum

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    The Seminoles are perhaps the hottest program in the country. Sitting with a 10-0 record, Florida State is No. 2 in the BCS Standings

    Head coach Jimbo Fisher is leading a program on a roll, as the national coverage of the team has grown during this season. Possessing the sexy "it factor" could help the 'Noles attract Humphrey to their program. 

Chance to Run Track

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    Humphrey is not just an exceptional cornerback prospect. He's also one of the best hurdlers in the country.

    Running track in college is a priority, plus he seems to dig the track tutors in Tallahassee, based on a story by Chad Simmons of Scout.com (subscription required)

    Jimbo Fisher would be wise to have track coaches such as Bob Braman, Ken Harnden and Brandon Hon all continue to sell Humphrey on sprinting for the 'Noles in the spring. 

Jeremy Pruitt

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    Jeremy Pruitt is not only the defensive coordinator at Florida State; he also coaches the defensive backs. Pruitt, who came from Alabama's coaching staff, has developed a great relationship with Humphrey, per Chad Simmons of Scout.com (subscription required).

    So Humphrey has a chance to come to Tallahassee to be personally coached by someone he already has a great relationship with. This has to be one of the main reasons why the Seminoles pose a big threat to Alabama for him. 

History of Producing Great Defensive Backs

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    Florida State is a program that has been home to a fantastic defensive back or two during its history.

    Players such as Xavier Rhodes, Patrick Robinson, Antonio Cromartie, Bryant McFadden, Pat Watkins, Chris Hope, Samari Rolle, Terrell Buckley, LeRoy Butler and Deion Sanders have all gotten to the NFL via playing in the secondary for the Seminoles.

    An impressive pedigree like that can only be a great help to lure Humphrey to FSU. 

Chance to Win

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    Like every recruit, Humphrey wants to win. With the talent that Florida State has acquired during the last few recruiting cycles, winning is going to happen often in Tallahassee.

    The 'Noles have a terrific history of winning, as the school has won several national and conference titles. With his desire to win, it doesn't get much better for Humphrey than attending Florida State.

Chance to Make His Own Path

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    Bobby Humphrey was a stud running back for Alabama in the late 1980s. He also happens to be the father of Marlon Humphrey.

    This is one of the top reasons why many expect the talented cornerback to sign with the Crimson Tide. However, Florida State offers him a chance to be his own man and blaze his own trail.

    Humphrey signing with the Seminoles would allow him to spread his wings on his own. 

2014 Bleacher Report College Football Recruiting Heat Map

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    Humphrey is featured on the 2014 Bleacher Report College Football Recruiting Heat Map!

    Edwin Weathersby is the College Football Recruiting Analyst for Bleacher Report. He has worked in scouting/player personnel departments for three professional football teams, including the New York Giants and Cleveland Browns.