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Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Five-star Humphrey drops in on FSU camp

By Corey Dowlar

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- As the Jimbo Fisher Camp was ending, the coach stood in front of a bunch of prospects in a semicircle. Meanwhile, a five-star talent hung out on the field, talking to a few people and watching what was going on.

The prospect was surrounded by a couple of Florida State commitments in Kain Daub (Jacksonville, Fla./Sandalwood) and Trey Marshall (Lake City, Fla./Columbia). When you're Marlon Humphrey (Hoover, Ala./Hoover), you command that sort of attention from your peers.

His visit was just getting started. Talking to the coaches in detail hadn't quite happened yet, as they were finishing up the second installment of their camp.

"I kind of just got here, so I have just been walking around and meet a couple of coaches," Humphrey said.

"I talked to Coach Fisher. It was mainly just an introduction, nothing too serious."

While the coaches were busy, Daub and Marshall picked up the slack.

Players will joke around, talk about what's going on in their lives and things like that. But Daub, as has been noted previously, takes a little more aggressive and direct approach.

"Kain, yeah," Humphrey said. "I met him at a camp, and he is always telling me that I'd better come visit Florida State. So I am definitely going to make an official here, hang out with Kain a little bit. A lot of other guys, we are trying to go together -- Malachi Dupre, guys like that. Maybe one weekend there will be a lot of big-time guys here at once.

"Probably Miami or something like that. Some weekend where we come out here and it is [a] pretty live game and we can have fun."

Defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt, Florida State's strongest current tie to the state of Alabama as the Crimson Tide's former defensive backs coach, leads the Seminoles' efforts for Humphrey. The two have a strong relationship.

Pruitt remains persistent, asking the top prospect from Alabama to keep an eye on Tallahassee.

"He is a pretty good guy," Humphrey said. "He keeps telling me to look at Florida State; they have a great program here. I want to play two sports, and I can do that here -- they've got guys doing that already. A lot of good things about Florida State."

An established track athlete, Humphrey has competed in meets as far away as Ukraine. At the next level, he'd like to be able to play two sports. While Humphrey was there, he sought out quarterback Jameis Winston, an Alabama native who plays on the Seminoles' baseball team.

He got into Winston's mind trying to figure out what kind of commitment and lifestyle it is to pull double duty in college.

"I know Jaboo [Jameis Winston] is," he said. "He's the only one I have talked to about it. The other guys, [Ronald] Darby, I've heard of him … but I know a lot about him, just nothing personal.

"He told me it is pretty tough. He just says that if you focus in, it is pretty easy to get done."

Humphrey, the son of former Alabama star running back Bobby Humphrey, is high on Alabama and Florida State, but there are plenty of other teams in the mix, specifically from the SEC. He'll have to decide which visits he wants to take and when, and that won't be easy in itself.

"South Carolina, LSU, Mississippi State -- a lot of schools," he said. "I am going to try to take all five visits. Just not sure where yet."

The Crimson Tide currently hold an edge, but Humphrey said the race is still yet to be run, and where and when he crosses the finish line is unknown.

"Probably Alabama as my leader," he said. "But I kind of have all of them together. I'm not even thinking of committing anytime soon.

"Probably a day when nobody knows. Just do it at a local news station or something like that."