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Marvell Tell recruit scouting report: Rangy safety

Tell is one of the top safeties in the 2015 recruiting class, ranking as a consensus top-100 recruit nationally.

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Marvell Tell, a product of Crespi High School in California, is one of the top safeties in the 2015 recruiting class.

Tell is rated by 247 Sports' composite as the 49th best player in his class. He is also listed as the fourth-best safety and the eighth-best player from the Golden State. Scout thinks the highest of Tell, ranking him as the No. 1 safety in 2015 and one of the top defensive prospects available. ESPN has him listed as the 33rd best player in their rankings, and Rivals isn't quite as high on him.

Tell is already receiving plenty of interest from schools across the country. The 6'2, 175-pound defensive back already holds scholarship offers to Arizona State, California, Colorado, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, UCLA and USC. He also visited Stanford's junior day in February. Offers should continue rolling in as his senior year gets closer, especially as he continues adding bulk to his frame.

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Derrell Warren, West Coast Recruiting Analyst (@yssd): Tell is a rangy recruit with a lankier body type, listed at 6’2" and 187 pounds. But he carries plenty of room on his frame for additional weight. His 40 time of his hudl profile indicates his 40 yard dash time to be 4.66.

Tell plays on both sides of the ball for his high school team, but most schools are recruiting him as a5 safety. His frame and overall skill set that he displays on tape indicate that his talents would be best maximized operating at free safety at the collegiate level.

To that point, Tell does primarily operate as a deep safety for his high school team. However, he is very aggressive running the alleys and filling lanes in run-support. His tremendous reactive quickness allows him to play a slightly faster rate than what his timed speed may suggest.

Tell is a solid wrap tackler who limits yards after contact. And though he’s aggressive in nature, he wouldn't necessarily be classified as a vicious striker.

From a range standpoint, Tell can come out of his backpedal, stick his back foot in the ground and drive down on the football and stuff ball carriers. He also transitions well out of his pedal and can range from the middle of the field to outside the numbers. I would just like to see him to finish plays with interceptions, considering how often he’s able to work himself into good position on tape.