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Saturday, December 28, 2013
Five-star CB Humphrey sets visits

By Gerry Hamilton

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Five-star cornerback Marlon Humphrey (Hoover, Ala./Hoover) isn't among the seven prospects announcing their commitments during the 2014 Under Armour All-America Game, but he still has some recruiting news to share.

The 6-foot, 179-pound corner has yet to take his first official visit, but that will change Jan. 17.

"I've been talking to my coaches, and I have set up my officials, kind of," Humphrey said. "The first weekend, I know I've got [Florida State]. Then I believe I'm leaving there Sunday and going to UCLA. After that, I'm going to Alabama Jan. 24, and then I'm going to Mississippi State when I leave Alabama."

While Humphrey is down to a final four, two schools remain in a battle for the two-sport star who plans to run track at the next level.

"I'm down to those four schools, but Bama and FSU are for sure my top two," he said.

Both Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher and Alabama coach Nick Saban have made the most of their relationship building with the No. 9-ranked prospect.

"The first time I talked to Coach [Jimbo] Fisher it was not really normal. I didn't have an appointment set up, he just hollered at me from his office," Humphrey said. "His kid was in there playing around. Coach Fisher is a real down to earth guy. Coach [Nick] Saban is one of the best in the business. That's what has always attracted me to him. He's really just an honest guy that tells you how he sees it. He doesn't sugarcoat anything,"

For Humphrey, the decision will be his alone.

"It's going to be just me to be honest," he said. "I'm going to tell my parents, but I don't think it really matters. They can be there, they can help me out, but wherever I sign it's going to be completely me and nobody else,"

When it comes to decision time on Feb. 1, the choice will be one of football, as well as life as a college student.

"Just somewhere I can enjoy playing football," he said. "I definitely want to go somewhere when I'm done with football on a daily basis. I can enjoy the college experience and have fun. I want to enjoy the college experience and playing football."

This week, Humphrey will get the opportunity to test himself against many of the best wide receivers in the country with one certain match-up being a big one between friends.

"I'm really trying to have fun with these guys and play well in the game," he said. "I guess my homie Malachi Dupre, I'm excited to go against him this week."