Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Scout's take: Humphrey could play early
By Tom Luginbill
Alabama all but wrapped up the top recruiting class for 2014 with the addition of its fifth five-star recruit, cornerback Marlon Humphrey (Hoover, Ala./Hoover). Read below to see what's expected of coach Nick Saban's latest prized defensive back:
What he brings: Humphrey combines football smarts and college-ready ability. While not a flashy playmaker, he is among the most savvy, fundamentally sound and well-rounded corners we have seen coming out of high school in recent years. He combines good measurables with a strong feel for the game and excellent athleticism. He has great quickness and speed and can offer scheme versatility in both man-to-man and zone schemes.
Who he reminds us of: Loucheiz Purifoy, Florida: They look alike, move alike and have many of the same athletic characteristics, including being effective run-support players. We made this comparison in part because of their long arms and smooth transitional skills in coverage, which isn't always easy to find for taller cornerbacks. This allows for short area coverage and also the ability to match up against taller receivers in the red area or on jump-ball situations.
Potential freshman impact: Humphrey is ready physically and mentally to come in and contribute early in his career. He has the size (6-foot, 179 pounds) and fundamentals Saban covets on the perimeter. We see a quick acclimation to the next level, particularly in zone-scheme packages.
How this class is shaping up: Alabama continues to reload with five-star commits at key positions and retains its top position on the recruiting trail. At defensive back alone, the Crimson Tide have the Nos. 2 and 5 corners in Tony Brown (Beaumont, Texas/Ozen) and Humphrey. Bama also has the No. 3 safety in Laurence Jones (Monroe, La./Neville).