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January 29, 2014
Coach: CB Humphrey 'knew where he wanted to go'
Marlon Humphrey, five-star cornerback from Hoover High School in Ala., pulled a stunner on Wednesday morning when he released a statement via Twitter about his commitment to the University of Alabama. Humphrey was scheduled to announce on signing day, but decided to end the process a week early.
"The things he does within the scheme at our place can be different at Alabama whether he plays man or off-man. We feel like when kids get to the next level they are ready. We try to coach the player, not the scheme. I think it will be an ongoing process just getting better every day."
The Humphrey family handled the pressure to sign with Alabama very well.
"I am sure there are people who said 'Roll Tide' to him walking down the street, but he isn't influenced by outside crowd," Niblett said. "That's one thing that always impressed me about Marlon. He doesn't let circumstances dictate the choices he has to make.
"He always had a plan since he was little as far as what he wanted to do as far as track and football. He knew his dad played at Alabama. At the same time I don't think anyone said this is where you have to go and what you have to do. It was more people outside the bubble who made it more than it really was."
The three year recruiting process for Humphrey comes to an end. Coach Niblett will have plenty of college coaches come through Hoover to see the stars of the future, but he will always have a special relationship with Humphrey.
"Now he can relax a little bit," said Niblett. "He is an unbelievable kid. He means the world to me. He is more of a son to me. We have a great relationship off the field. He can come in my office just to talk. He always has a good one liner for me. He has always had a huge impact on me, our players and the student body."