December 24, 2007

Recruiting heats up for Dareus

Some football prospects become legendary by virtue of their highlight video, and one of the best prospect videos in the state of Alabama for the 2008 signing class is that of Huffman's Marcel Dareus. Dareus, 6-foot-4, 275 pounds, exhibits prototype NFL size, strength and speed in dominating offensive linemen and wrecking havoc in opponent's backfields.

The only potential hang-up for the defensive terror has been his academic situation which got a large boost recently when he brought up his ACT score several points to an 18. According to his high school coach, Alan Plump, all that is left now for his star defender to do is take care of a little business in the classroom.

"He has some work to do still, but I think he is going to be fine," said Plump, whose team enjoyed a success on-the-field season but unfortunately forfeited several games due to an ineligible player that caused Huffman to miss the playoffs. "He is working hard to take care of business. He put in lot of work to get ready for his test, and I have no doubt he will finish strong in class as well.

"Once he got that test score, everyone started calling about him. Our phones haven't stopped ringing. It has been incredible the attention this kid has gotten."

According to Plump, Dareus holds firm offers from Alabama, Auburn, Arkansas State and a recent one from North Carolina.

What could work in the Tide's favor is the distance to home for Plump as the jumbo athlete has stated before that he would rather not travel far from the Birmingham area for college because of some illnesses in his family.

"Alabama has been on him from the beginning," said Plump. "Coach Steele came by here a couple of weeks ago and I know Marcel likes him and the Alabama program. He is also interested in the others schools that are interested in him. He hasn't made definite plans yet as far as visits, but I know he will try and make several before he makes a decision."

Dareus is BOL's 14th-ranked player in the state of Alabama. His senior season, he logged over 20 sacks from his defensive end position. He could project in the interior or at end at the next level.


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