Florida Gators: Marlon Humphrey

Top overall position classes in 2014 

February, 21, 2014
Feb 21

With national signing day in the books, RecruitingNation is looking at which programs compiled the nation's best overall position classes in 2014. For the full top position classes series, click here.

Quarterbacks: Florida
The Florida Gators had a major need at quarterback in the Class of 2014, and Will Muschamp and staff more than filled it, signing two of the nation’s top signal-callers. Third-ranked dual-threat prospect Will Grier (Davidson, N.C./Davidson Day School) is already on campus and preparing for spring practice, while No. 7 dual-threat prospect Treon Harris (Miami/Booker T. Washington) was a huge signing-day flip from Florida State. Both prospects are great athletes who are accustomed to operating up-tempo offenses. This should also help newly hired offensive coordinator Kurt Roper, who will install a similar scheme in Gainesville.

It was another successful national signing day for the SEC. After all 14 schools officially announced their 2014 signing classes, the SEC finished the day with 10 schools in the top 25 and 13 schools in the top 40 of the ESPN RecruitingNation class rankings.

Seven schools -- Alabama, LSU, Texas A&M, Tennessee, Florida, Auburn and Georgia -- ranked in the top 10, while Alabama took home the nation's No. 1 class. The Crimson Tide signed 27 players, including 19 ESPN 300 recruits and five five-star prospects: OT Cameron Robinson (West Monroe, La./West Monroe), DE Da'Shawn Hand (Woodbridge, Va./Woodbridge), CB Tony Brown (Beaumont, Texas/Ozen), RB Bo Scarbrough (Northport, Ala./Tuscaloosa County) and CB Marlon Humphrey (Hoover, Ala./Hoover).

LSU ranked second, bringing in 22 signees, including 15 ESPN 300 members and one five-star prospect: No. 1 running back Leonard Fournette (New Orleans/Saint Augustine). The Tigers could add No. 23 and their 16th ESPN 300 member Thursday once defensive end Deondre Clark (Oklahoma City/Douglass) signs his letter of intent. The four-star prospect was unable to sign his LOI after weather canceled his signing ceremony Wednesday.

As a whole, the SEC brought in 120 ESPN 300 prospects (the most of any conference) and 10 of the 15 five-star prospects in the ESPN 300.

You can check out all 14 SEC schools' 2014 recruiting classes in our ESPN RecruitingNation database:

Most important targets: SEC

January, 28, 2014
Jan 28

The Southeastern Conference already has commitments from six of the top 10 players in the country and has a real possibility of landing two more before signing day. With several key targets still remaining, here’s a look at the top remaining targets in the SEC.

CB Marlon Humphrey (Hoover, Ala./Hoover)
6-foot-0, 180 pounds
ESPN 300 rank: 15

Humphrey is a big, athletic cornerback with great size and would be a natural fit in Nick Saban's system. FSU is also very much in the picture for the five-star defensive back, but with the Seminoles losing defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt to Georgia, the Crimson Tide might have a slight advantage. Alabama will have to fight to keep this dynamic defensive back from leaving the state. With his skill set, Humphrey has a chance to play early in his college career.

DE Solomon Thomas (Coppell, Texas/Coppell)
6-3, 256
ESPN 300 rank: 25

The four-star defensive end has a top three of UCLA, Arkansas and Stanford, and he visited the Razorbacks this past weekend. By all accounts Thomas enjoyed his visit to Arkansas, but the Razorbacks will certainly have their work cut out for them. With his size, Thomas could play multiple positions along the defensive line, and he has the opportunity to play early if he chooses to attend Arkansas.

OLB Rashaan Evans (Auburn, Ala./Auburn)
6-3, 217
ESPN 300 rank: 52

Auburn is in Evans' top three along with UCLA and Alabama. He was scheduled to take an unofficial visit to UCLA this weekend but has since said he will not take that visit. Evans is also planning to attend a midweek basketball game between Auburn and Alabama. This one will likely come down to the wire, but Auburn will try desperately to keep this four-star linebacker in his hometown.

OL Damian Prince (Forestville, Md./Bishop McNamara)
6-5, 286
ESPN 300 rank: 26

Prince had named a top three of Penn State, Florida and Maryland, but after he canceled a planned visit to Penn State it looks like this is a two-team battle between the Terrapins and Gators. The Florida offensive line struggled last season and needs players with the size and athleticism of Prince. His close friend, defensive back Jalen Tabor (Washington D.C./Friendship Academy), enrolled early at Florida. Prince will visit the Gators this weekend.

DE Lorenzo Carter (Norcross, Ga./Norcross)
6-5, 234
ESPN 300 rank: 14

The five-star defensive end already has a good relationship with new defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt, and the Bulldogs appear to be the team to beat. He also likes Florida, FSU and LSU. Carter’s mother wants him to stay at home and attend Georgia, while his father likes Florida and LSU. Ultimately, it will be Carter’s decision, and Georgia will get his last visit before signing day. Carter is an athletic defensive end, and his skill set is comparable to that of Bulldogs defensive end Jordan Jenkins.

DT Matt Elam (Elizabethtown, Ky./John Hardin)
6-6, 350
ESPN 300 rank: NR

The four-star defensive tackle is planning to make his decision on Thursday, between Alabama and Kentucky. Will this massive run-plugger resist the temptation to play for Saban and instead stay in-state and play for Mark Stoops? Only time will tell, but the Wildcats have certainly done a tremendous job of recruiting Elam, and this battle will go down to the last minute.

WR Malachi Dupre (River Ridge, La./John Curtis)
6-3, 187
ESPN 300 rank: 17

The Tigers have set their sights on Dupre, who is LSU’s top remaining target. At 6-3, Dupre is a big target and has outstanding athleticism. He has already visited LSU, Florida State and Alabama. He will take an unofficial to Ole Miss this week and still has one official to UCLA scheduled this weekend. LSU has long been thought of to be the favorite here, but the way things are shaping up, this one could get interesting.

Mississippi State
DE Grant Harris (Clinton, Miss./Clinton)
6-5, 260
ESPN 300 rank: NR

Mississippi State has put together a solid class but still needs some help along the defensive line. Harris, with his size and potential to grow, will be a key target as signing day approaches. Keeping Harris in-state would be a big addition for MSU. Marcus Griffin (Bellevue, Wash./Bellevue) is another key defensive line target. Offensively, Mississippi State has set its sights on uncommitted guard Jordan Sims (Birmingham, Ala./Homewood).

LB Sharieff Rhaheed (Fort Pierce, Fla./Fort Pierce Central)
6-2, 202
ESPN 300 rank: NR

This one-time LSU commit has a top two of Missouri and Arkansas, and he visited Michigan State over the weekend. Missouri will have its work cut out, but the Tigers have proven their ability to recruit in the Southeast this year, specifically Florida and Georgia. Rhaheed is an athletic linebacker who could do multiple things in the attacking Missouri defense.

Ole Miss
DE Andrew Williams (McDonough, Ga./Eagles Landing)
6-4, 251
ESPN 300 rank: 168

Coach Hugh Freeze has once again put together an impressive recruiting class, and Williams would be a great complement to the defensive line class the Rebels signed last year. A four-star defensive end, Williams visited Clemson over the weekend and came away extremely impressed with what the Tigers had to offer, but the Rebels proved last season they can go head-to-head with anyone in the country.

South Carolina
DB Chris Lammons
5-10, 171
ESPN 300 rank: 108

After Lammons backed off of his pledge to Florida earlier in January, the Gamecocks, along with Wisconsin, immediately jumped to the top of his list. This athletic cornerback would be a huge addition to an already solid South Carolina recruiting class. The four-star defensive back will likely wait until signing day, but it appears that the Gamecocks have put themselves in a good position to land the talented DB.

DB Adoree' Jackson (Gardena, Calif./Junipero Serra)
5-10, 182
ESPN 300 rank: 9

With the commitment of running back Derrell Scott on Monday, available scholarships are running short in Knoxville. Jackson is one of the few targets remaining on Tennessee’s board. At this point, it’s anyone’s guess where the talented defensive back will end up. His parents, who live in Illinois, would prefer that he play closer to home, which might give the Vols the advantage, but other schools such as USC, Florida and LSU are still in the mix.

Texas A&M
DB Steven Parker II (Jenks, Okla./Jenks)
6-2, 175
ESPN 300 rank: 139

Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin has already put together a tremendous class, led by five-star prospects Myles Garrett and Speedy Noil. Texas A&M was 12th in the conference in pass defense and last in total defense. A big, athletic safety such as Parker would help shore things up on the back end of Texas A&M's defense. It will be tough for the Aggies to beat out Oklahoma, but Sumlin has shown he is one of the top recruiters in the country.

WR Trevon Lee (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./Cardinal Gibbons)
5-11, 168
ESPN 300 rank: 235

Vanderbilt is in scramble mode after James Franklin left and 12 commits backed off their pledges to the Commodores. At this point, Vanderbilt just needs players to fill the roster. Lee, however, continues to show interest in Vanderbilt and took an official visit there over the weekend. His decision will likely come down to the Commodores and Duke, which he will visit this weekend.

Key recruiting visits -- SEC 

January, 24, 2014
Jan 24

The Class of 2014 is down to two official visit weekends remaining. As expected, there are several official visits that potentially impact the SEC this weekend, including visits by some of the top national prospects on the board.

SEC class rankings analysis

January, 22, 2014
Jan 22
The SEC continues to dominate the Recruiting Nation class rankings nationally, with 13 of the 14 programs in the conference ranked in the top 40. That includes four of the top five, seven of the top 10 and 10 of the top 30. As expected, Alabama continues to lead the pack, and the Crimson Tide has a large lead coming down the stretch.

Trending up: The lone mover in the SEC in the past week was the Arkansas Razorbacks, who moved up two spots to No. 32 last week, and jumped one spot ahead of Missouri within the conference. The Razorbacks currently have 20 commitments, including two ESPN 300 pledges and will host several prospects this weekend, including No. 25 Solomon Thomas (Coppell, Texas/Coppell) and Florida State commit and ESPN 300 athlete JoJo Robinson (Miami/Northwestern), with hopes of closing strong.

LSU, Florida and Auburn have the best chance to ascend, in the next two weeks, in the fight for the top five classes nationally. Alabama and Texas A&M are locked into top-five finishes unless something unforeseen happens.

Trending down: Missouri slid back one spot in the SEC and nationally from No. 32 to 33 in the last week. The Tigers have 25 commitments, including a pair of ESPN 300 prospects, but they don’t have much room remaining to make a jump.

While Ole Miss didn’t shift in the conference or national rankings, the Rebels are in danger of trending down in the next couple of weeks if they don’t hit on a couple of remaining prospects such as No. 174 Andrew Williams (McDonough, Ga./Eagles Landing Christian), No. 286 Isaiah McKenzie (Plantation, Fla./American Heritage) and four-star Michael Sawyers (Nashville, Tenn./The Ensworth School).

One to watch: The recruitment of No. 163 and Florida State commitment Treon Harris (Miami/Booker T. Washington) is in play. The dual-threat quarerback is more likely to sign with Florida or Auburn than the Seminoles at this point, but Miami is lurking. The Gators or Tigers could well end up with Harris, and he would be a second quarterback in the class for either school.

A school to watch coming down the stretch is South Carolina. While the Gamecocks don’t have as many scholarships available as some other SEC teams, Steve Spurrier and his staff could close with an impressive flourish if they reel in Florida State commit Dexter Wideman (Saluda, S.C./Saluda), No. 86 overall Chris Lammons (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./Plantation), No. 109 Derrell Scott (Havelock, N.C./Havelock), No. 120 Wesley Green (Lithonia, Ga./Martin Luther King) or No. 266 Poona Ford (Hilton Head Island, S.C./Hilton Head).

Behind the numbers: There are 108 prospects in the final ESPN 300 currently committed to SEC schools, with Kentucky picking up No. 284 Kendall Randolph (Tallahassee, Fla./Lincoln) on Tuesday. Breaking it down further, the SEC West is responsible for 59 of those pledges, with the East having 49. Alabama leads with way with 17 ESPN 300 commitments, LSU has 14, Florida has 12, Tennessee has 11 and Auburn and Texas A&M have 10 each.

Bold prediction: The SEC will sign 11 of the 15 five-stars in the 2014 class. While No. 14 Lorenzo Carter (Norcross, Ga./Norcross) and No. 15 Marlon Humphrey (Hoover, Ala./Hoover) have been considered leans to sign with SEC programs, a conference team will also sign No. 9 Adoree’ Jackson (Gardena, Calif./Junipero Serra). Jackson will sign with Florida, LSU or Tennessee, and upset the schools on the West Coast.

5 to watch: SEC signing day preview 

January, 21, 2014
Jan 21
With signing day quickly approaching, there are several storylines developing throughout the SEC. Here’s a closer look at five things to watch for on national signing day:

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SEC class rankings analysis 

January, 15, 2014
Jan 15

Another week of the RecruitingNation class rankings, another week with SEC schools dominating the rankings. Thirteen of 14 SEC programs claim spots in the top 40, with only Vanderbilt having slipped out this week following James Franklin leaving the Commodores for Penn State. As has been the case most of this cycle, Alabama is holding down the No. 1 spot nationally. The SEC also has four of the top five classes nationally and seven in the top 10.

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By hiring defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt away from Florida State, Georgia made a move that is sending shockwaves through the Southeast recruiting landscape.

One of those prospects who is certainly affected by the move is five-star defensive end Lorenzo Carter (Norcross, Ga./Norcross). The nation’s No. 13 prospect has both Florida State and Georgia in his final group.

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Most important targets: SEC 

January, 8, 2014
Jan 8
The Southeastern Conference already has commitments from five of the top 10 players in the country and a real possibility of landing two more before signing day. With several key targets still remaining, here’s a look at the top remaining targets in the SEC.

CB Marlon Humphrey (Hoover, Ala./Hoover)
6-foot, 180 pounds
ESPN 300 rank: 9

Humphrey is a big, athletic cornerback with great size. He would be a natural fit in Nick Saban's system. Florida State is also very much in the picture for the five-star defensive back, and with a national championship in hand, the Seminoles might have the upper hand at the moment. Alabama will have to fight to keep this dynamic defensive back from leaving the state. With his skill set, Humphrey would have a chance to play early on in his career.

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Manziel or Winston? Prospects weigh in

December, 29, 2013
ORLANDO, Fla. -- There are many topics of conversation among prospects playing in the 2014 Under Armour All-America Game. One of them centers around the past two Heisman Trophy winners.

On Saturday, upon checking in for the prestigious game, a number of prospects weighed in on a hot topic involving Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel and Florida State's Jameis Winston.

If they had to choose between the two, who would the players take as their college quarterback? Here are their responses:

[+] EnlargeMarlon Humphrey
Courtesy of IntersportNo. 9 overall prospect Marlon Humphrey likes how Johnny Manziel makes others around him better.
Five-star cornerback Marlon Humphrey (Hoover, Al./Hoover High): Ah man, I think I’m going to have to go with Johnny Manziel. I just feel like he kind of made a team out of nothing. Jameis Winston is a great quarterback too, but he doesn’t have the scrambling skills that Manziel has. This year, you could tell that his teams defense wasn’t that good, the players around him weren’t as good, but he kept making his team better. He’s has the fight in him I would want on my team.

Florida commit and No. 20-ranked Dalvin Cook (Miami/Central High): I would say Jameis Winston. He’s really a pure quarterback, and I think he sets up things more for a running back than Johnny Manziel does.

Auburn running back commit Racean Thomas (Oxford, Al./Oxford High): I would probably pick Jameis Winston. The reason behind that is because he is more of a leader for a young quarterback, and I think he can make his team a more mature team. I really think he would be a great quarterback to play with.

Florida wide receiver commit and No. 28 Ermon Lane (Homestead, Fla./Homestead Senior High): Whew, I don’t know. I think Jameis Winston. I look at how both of them played as a freshman, and I like how Jameis Winston leads his team. He is also more pro-ready than Manziel.

Texas defensive end commit and No. 78-overall Derick Roberson (San Antonio, Texas/William J. Brennan High): I guess I would say Johnny Manziel. I like how he plays with his swagger and confidence the most, so I would probably say him.

Notre Dame commit and No. 76-ranked Tyler Luatua (la Mirada, Calif./La Mirada High): I would take Manziel just because of the way he plays. If he doesn’t have a wide receiver open, he can make plays himself. He can get the ball to his players if and when he wants to, but can also do it on his own when he needs to.

No. 38 overall John Smith (Long Beach, Calif./Long Beach Polytechnic High School): That’s a hard one. As of right now, I would go with Jameis Winston. Overall, he’s a great player. I think Winston has an awesome football IQ. Johnny had his year too, but I think Winston is just a great player. Outstanding.

Dylan Sumner-Gardner: Jameis Winston, man. I feel comfortable with Jameis Winston as my quarterback because he’s smart and accurate. Johnny is accurate too, but Johnny is Johnny. How he runs around, people may get nervous. I would just feel more comfortable with Jameis as my quarterback.

No. 22 overall Laurence Jones (Monroe, La./Neville High): That’s a hard one right there. Let me think ... maybe Johnny Manziel because I don’t think I’ve ever seen a white boy get down like that. It would have to be Johnny Manziel.

Penn State wide receiver commit Chris Godwin (Middletown, De./Middletown High): I think Jameis Winston. I think overall he’s a better passer. I want a quarterback back there that can get me the ball on a consistent basis, but Johnny Manziel is a great player, too. I’m actually a big fan of both of them.

Five-star and Virginia defensive tackle commit Andrew Brown (Chesapeake, VA
Oscar Frommel Smith High)
: Dang, that’s a good question, man. I would go with Jameis Winston. His leadership qualities, coming in as a freshman and doing the things he is doing is definitely uncommon. It just foreshadows what he is going to do in the future, too. He’s already established a great foundation for himself, and I would definitely take him in the future.

Maryland commit Will Ulmer (Washington, D.C./Saint John’s High): I’m going with Johnny Manziel. I think he’s more dynamic, and more of a game-changer. Jameis Winston is a great quarterback too, but you have to think about all the dudes he has around him at FSU -- all the great receivers and good running backs. I would go with Manziel because if you put him on the Florida State team, or a stacked team like that, it would be a scary sight.

Top SEC UA Game targets 

December, 26, 2013
Just how strong of a finish could the SEC have in recruiting? Consider this: The top five uncommitted prospects, all five-star players, have a strong chance of landing at SEC programs. Here’s a closer look at those five players who will also be competing in the Under Armour All-America Game on Jan. 2 in St. Petersburg, Fla.

1. RB Leonard Fournette (New Orleans/St. Augustine)
By all accounts, the No. 1-ranked player in the country will likely choose between two SEC West schools, LSU and Alabama. Fournette will be announcing his decision during the game. Alabama has done an incredible job of recruiting in Louisiana, and LSU is doing all it can not to lose this top-rated player to its archrival.

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SEC class rankings analysis 

December, 18, 2013

In a week filled with a flurry of commitments, SEC programs continue to shuffle within the conference rankings and rise in the RecruitingNation Top 40 rankings. Alabama still has a firm grasp on No. 1, while Florida and LSU also made moves. As has been the case in recent weeks, all 14 SEC teams are in the Top 40 nationally.

Trending up: Florida and LSU both made moves up in the conference and national rankings in the past week. The Gators picked up No. 18 overall David Sharpe (Jacksonville, Fla./Providence School) and No. 206 Moral Stephens (Perry, Fla./Taylor County High), while LSU scored big out of state with No. 37 Clifton Garrett (Plainfield, Il./Plainfield South High). The Gators jumped up to No. 5 in the SEC, and No. 8 nationally. LSU moved up to No. 6 in the conference and has more big fish remaining on its board than any other SEC team. When looking into the future of which programs could trend up the most as national signing day draws near, LSU has the highest probability followed by Florida and Auburn.

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Most important targets: SEC 

December, 10, 2013
Evaluating the most important recruiting targets for each school in the SEC for the Class of 2014:

CB Marlon Humphrey (Hoover, Ala./Hoover)
6-foot, 180 pounds
ESPN 300 rank: 9
The Crimson Tide have already put together the No. 1-ranked class in the country, and adding a playmaker such as Humphrey would cement their status as the top recruiting class for the 2014 cycle. Humphrey is an athletic cornerback who has great size and would be a natural fit in coach Nick Saban's system. FSU is also in the picture for the five-star defensive back, and Alabama will have to fight to keep this electric playmaker from leaving the state.

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Under Armour game storylines: SEC 

December, 5, 2013
The seventh annual Under Armour All-America Game is less than a month away. The 2014 game, which is set for 4 p.m. ET Jan. 2 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on ESPN, features 90 of the top high school football prospects in the country. Practices begin Dec. 29.

Leonard Fournette
Alex Scarborough/ESPNNo. 1 Leonard Fournette is one of several five-star prospects who haven't made a commitment.
As is usually the case, the SEC will be well represented. Here are some of the storylines:

Year of dominance: The top 15 prospects in the ESPN 300 are all scheduled to take part. That means that all 13 five-star prospects in the class will be competing, including No. 1 Leonard Fournette (New Orleans/Saint Augustine). All told, 28 of the top 30 prospects in the ESPN 300 are on an UA All-America roster.

SEC leads the way: It comes without surprise that the SEC has the most committed prospects taking part, with 34. The Big Ten and ACC have 13 each, the Big 12 has three and the Pac-12 has two. Notre Dame has five commits in the game.

The SEC West alone has 25.

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The annual Florida-Florida State game is usually one of the top games in the country. This year, with Florida’s disappointing season, the game seems to have lost some luster. Florida State, however, is fighting for a chance to make it to the BCS National Championship game in January. The Gators would like nothing more to ruin their archrival’s season, especially in front of several top recruits. Here’s a closer look at which recruits will be watching this weekend.

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Alabama Pulls Away From Florida
Alabama used big days from Blake Sims and Amari Cooper to pull away from Florida in the second half for a 42-21 win.