- Greg Ostendorf, ESPN Staff Writer
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Hoover defensive back Marlon Humphrey was at it again Friday night. In a Class 6A matchup between top 10 teams, the 2014 star made sure to put his stamp on the Bucs’ 55-7 win over Northridge.
At cornerback, Humphrey didn’t have the ball thrown his way often, but he made his presence felt on special teams. To start the second half, he nearly took the kickoff back for a touchdown before just stepping out of bounds deep in the opponent's territory.
Not long after that, Humphrey blocked a punt that resulted in another Hoover score. It was his second blocked punt in as many weeks.
“I had been getting blocked pretty good all night,” he said. “I noticed [No.] 88 looked like he was kind of tired. It didn’t look like he was going to do his job, so I came through there and just blocked it.”
Hoover head coach Josh Niblett says the blocked punt shows a lot about what kind of player Humphrey is.
“It was a rugby-style punt, so that’s not any easy punt to block,” Niblett said. “You have to know where your block point is, so that tells you about him and how studies the game and understands what’s going on. I think that’s what separates him from a lot of people.”
After the game, Humphrey spoke with fellow 2014 prospect Bo Scarbrough. The elite running back committed to Alabama earlier this month and was asking Humphrey if he was going to commit to the Crimson Tide soon.
“I know Bo pretty well,” Humphrey said. “We talked after the game. He asked if I was going to commit, and I was telling him, I’m trying to enjoy [the process]. He said he’s trying to enjoy it, too. We’re pretty good friends.
“I knew he was the top guy in Alabama [to commit]. I could be doing that, too, but I think I’m going to wait a little longer.”
Humphrey was expected to visit Mississippi State this weekend, but the trip fell through. Florida State has been making a strong push as of late, and he’s planning to visit Tallahassee on Oct. 13 for the Boston College game.
The in-state cornerback has become a frequent visitor at Alabama home games, and he also wants to go see the Tide play LSU in Baton Rouge on Nov. 3.
“I’m enjoying [the process],” Humphrey said. “Sometimes it’s a little overwhelming, but I just try to do my best to take care of it.”