- Greg Ostendorf, ESPN Staff Writer
HOOVER, Ala. -- Over the weekend, rising junior cornerback Marlon Humphrey is trying to lock down his side of the field for Hoover High School at the National Select 7-on-7 tournament. He’s facing some of the top wide receivers nationally in the process.
“It’s a little bit better than what we’ve been going up against, but we’re playing up to the competition pretty well,” Humphrey said. “I feel like we should definitely be up there. We’re hosting, so we know these fields better than anybody else, so I feel like we should do well.”
It helps that Humphrey was recently in Tuscaloosa for the University of Alabama’s second prospect camp of the summer where he learned from one of the premier defensive back coaches in the nation, Nick Saban.
“It went really well,” Humphrey said. “I learned some new stuff from Saban and some new drills. I think it will help me better in my coverage and things like that.”
While he was on campus, Humphrey talked with the Crimson Tide’s head coach before and after the camp. The 2014 defensive back, whose father played at Alabama, has become a frequent visitor at UA.
“He was just talking about academics and the NFL, how if you go to Alabama, you automatically go a round higher in the draft and how players have come through, went three years, and left,” Humphrey said. “It seems like that’s the place to be if I want to get to the next level.”
Since the arrival of Saban, Alabama has had five cornerbacks taken in the NFL draft, including two in the first round, Kareem Jackson and Dre Kirkpatrick. At 6-foot-1, 174 pounds, Humphrey has the size UA likes and has already heard the comparisons to Kirkpatrick.
“I think I would fit in very well,” Humphrey said. “I’ve got some height, long arms and speed, too. That’s how Alabama likes them. Whenever I go up to Alabama, I think of Dre Kirk, and [Saban] is always referencing me to Dre Kirkpatrick.”
This summer, Humphrey has also been hearing from Auburn and Mississippi State. He would like to visit both of those schools in the fall and make a trip to Baton Rouge to visit LSU as well. He plans to attend at least two or three Alabama games.
As for a decision, the in-state junior-to-be says he will probably wait until his senior year to make a decision, so he can enjoy the process.
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