Tell contemplating official visits

Tell contemplating official visits

Encino (Calif.) Crespi safety Marvell Tell has yet to narrow down a list of favorite schools, but one SEC program has emerged as a possible official visit destination.

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. — Marvell Tell left Beaverton (Ore.) with a new college option piquing his interest.

Washington State, USC and UCLA have all been mentioned as the schools recruiting Tell the hardest, and while that is still the case, Texas A&M has now popped up in the conversation for an official visit.

“SEC football, that’s big time,” said Tell. “They’re looking for guys like me, coach was saying. Taller guys, taller DBs, and things like that, so I can definitely see myself fitting there.”

While Texas A&M, USC and UCLA are among Tell’s top choices, he is quick to point out those are only three schools in a greater list of favorite schools he is building in his head.

“Not really a top, but those schools would definitely be in my top schools,” said Tell. “I’m looking at a few (schools to visit). Nothing official, nothing set yet, but me, my dad and my mom are looking at a few schools.”

A few schools, which at this point, are not USC or UCLA.

“They’re definitely in my top,” said Tell. “I probably won’t take officials there, because they’re local schools. I can go up there anytime.

“I haven’t really told them that yet. I just want to use my officials for more out of state schools. It’s easier financially and things like that.”

In recent weeks, Tell has mentioned that USC picked up the intensity of their recruiting efforts in getting him committed.

“Harder as in every day, constant, constant contact,” said Tell. “That’s basically it. Hitting me up on Twitter every day, seeing how I’m doing and things like that.”

After unofficially visiting USC a week before heading to The Opening, the Trojans coaching staff gave him a specific plan for playing safety and nickel back in their defense.

When USC assistant coaches aren’t in his ear, Trojans commits like fellow Opening participant Cameron Smith are.

“I was talking to a few dudes like Cam, the linebacker,” said Tell. “He’s obviously committed and I talked to him about it and he was like, ‘Yeah, you should definitely try to come.

‘It would be a great program. There’s a lot of dudes going up there and committing.’ So, they were talking to me a little bit.”

Playing with Smith on team Fly Rush, Tell was considered by many as one of the top safeties of the event.

“I felt like I played very well,” said Tell. “One-on-ones, I did pretty well. Caught a few balls, but of course it was for the offense. Overall I think I played very well.

“It was great competing against the best. You come back and you know exactly what you need to work on, what you need to improve on to even better yourself. I really took a lot from that trip and I’m definitely putting it into use here.”

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