As the old saying goes, the rich keep getting richer — and for the Alabama Crimson Tide they are full of recruiting wealth as they landed 2014 five-star cornerback Marlon Humphrey on Wednesday night.
The Alabama native had been favoring the Crimson Tide for quite some time, but Florida State was always considered to be in the hunt for the No. 3 overall cornerback in the nation as well. Yet, after the departure of former FSU defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt to the Georgia Bulldogs, the Seminoles’ chances dwindled dramatically.
At 6-foot-1, 175 pounds, Humphrey has great size and length that will be a much-needed addition to Nick Saban‘s defense that struggled in the secondary this season. This past season, the Crimson Tide finished the season with the 11th-best passing defense in the nation, but it was the big plays in critical situations against teams like Auburn and Oklahoma where the secondary seemed to falter.
Along with great size for a cornerback, Humphrey has very good ball skills and instincts that will help him make a smooth transition to Tuscaloosa and compete for immediate playing time.
Humphrey is the second five-star cornerback commit to pledge to the Crimson Tide as he joins fellow Under Armour All-American Tony Brown, who is already enrolled early at Alabama. As a senior this season at Hoover High School, Humphrey recorded 35 tackles and three interceptions.
The Crimson Tide currently have 25 commitments for the class of 2014, which ranks them No. 1 overall in the nation by a landslide.
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