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February 5, 2014

Humphrey joins Brown at UA as two-sport athletes

HOOVER | Tuesday afternoon Marlon Humphrey watched as his Hoover High School boys track team won a state championship. Wednesday morning the five-star cornerback followed in his father's footsteps to play football at Alabama.

Humprhey was the second two-sport star to sign with Alabama for the class of 2014, joining Tony Brown, who is already competing for the Crimson Tide's track team.

The state's No. 1 ranked player chose Alabama over Florida State last week, but made it official Wednesday by signing his letter of intent in the school gymnasium.

With his dad, Bobby Humphrey, in the stands with a black blazer over a crimson Alabama shirt, and his mom in tow with a houndstooth skirt, Humphrey said Alabama was the best place for him.

"I sat down with myself after my Florida State visit and I just thought about all the things (Alabama) had, the coaches (Alabama) had and I just figured it was Alabama.

"Through most of my recruitment I always figured I was going to go to Alabama. And then I went down to Florida State this summer, and I thought that was the place for me. I got back here and football season started and they were even, 50-50. When it came down to it I chose Alabama."

As a member of the U.S. Junior National track team, Humphrey said he isn't sure if he'll compete this summer or report to Tuscaloosa to prepare for the 2014 season.

"I know Tony Brown's (running track and playing football)," Humphrey said. "I've talked to coach (Dan) Waters, the Alabama (track) head coach, and then coach (Nick) Saban, and they have a nice plan for him, so I'm sure my plan will probably be the same if not something very similar. "I want to get down there as soon as possible. I was talking to coach (Kirby) Smart about that. If (running track this summer) is going to interfere, I don't know if I want to do it. I'll have to see where it goes."

But track and Brown were strong reasons why Humphrey picked the Crimson Tide.

"I just really wanted to play with somebody that was similar to me in that we play corner and run hurdles and track," Humphrey said. "Having somebody there to go through the same with you that's something I think can be really special."

His dad's No. 26 is currently occupied by strong safety Landon Collins, but Humphrey isn't worried about what number he'll wear.

"...as long as I got my last name on the back I'm good," he said. "My dad was a great player. It'd be a dream if I could leave my legacy there like he left his legacy. It'd just be a dream come true if I could be as good as him one day."

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Reach Aaron Suttles at aaron.suttles@tuscaloosanews.com or 205.722.0229.

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