Live Evaluation: 2014 CB Marlon Humphrey

Live Evaluation: 2014 CB Marlon Humphrey

Marlon Humphrey is one of the top cornerbacks in the country right now and he is only a junior. Find out what he does well right here in this Scouting Report.

  • Prospect: Marlon Humphrey
  • Hometown: Hoover, Ala.
  • High School: Hoover
  • Position: Cornerback
  • Size: 6-0/175
  • Class: 2014
  • Ranking on Scout: N/A
  • Recruiting: Humphrey has offers from most of the top prospects in the country. Alabama is where his father Bobby Humphrey played, and they have offered him. Auburn has offered him as well and Clemson, Florida State, Georgia, and Tennessee are some of the others. Alabama is looked at as the leader early on.

    Live evaluation came from Hoover-Northridge on September 21.

    Scouting Report

    Humphrey is a special player. He is a corner that has the natural ability and size and he also is well coached on how to play that position.

    His size jumps out immediately. He is 6-feet tall, maybe a little over 6-feet, and he has very long arms. He is weighing around 175 pounds with the ability to add another 20-25 pounds to his frame. His length helps him on press coverage, recovery in coverage, and in jump ball situations among other areas.

    He has natural ball skills too at corner. He returns kicks for Hoover and he catches the ball naturally like a good wide receiver. He knows how to catch the ball with his hands, he doesn't fight the ball, and he could be an effective receiver as well.

    He has very good short space quickness. He has great reaction time, he can change direction well, and he looks graceful when he flips his hips to run with wideouts. He can really re-direct well and stay with receivers.

    Some think if you can cover like Humphrey, then you must not be able to play in run support or make the open field tackles against the bigger receivers. That is not the case here. Humphrey has some pop, he loves to play physical, and he does not shy away from contact. He made a very nice hit on a receiver in this game jarring the ball loose. He knows how to stick his hat in there.

    He can really cover a lot of ground in a hurry. He is more of a long strider and when he plays off the ball, he is there on top of the receiver before you know it. He has great recovery speed and quickness.

    Overall, there is not much that Humphrey does not do at an extremely high level at cornerback. He can cover with the best of them in press or soft coverage and he has excellent awareness in the secondary. He knows how to line up at the start, cover during the play, and then to finish on the ball. He anticipates well, he is very smart, and teams just don't want to go his way. Hoover moves him around trying to keep him involved, but he is so good that schools just don't want to challenge him.

    Projection

    There is no doubt that Humphrey is a future five-star cornerback and possibly the top prospect in the southeast in 2014. He has all the traits you look for in a prospect at this position and he is only going to get bigger, stronger, and better over time. He has great knowledge of the game, he is a humble young man, and he has a very bright future. Look for him to be a top 10 prospect in the country in 2014.

    Chad Simmons is currently a National Recruiting Analyst for FOX Sports/Scout. He started with Scout in 2003 and then moved on to another Recruiting Service from 2004-2008 before returning to Scout the first of 2009 to become South Recruiting Manager.
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