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USC Recruiting: Trojans Land Four-Star Marvell Tell

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Four-star safety Marvell Tell announced his commitment to the University of Southern California, becoming the 21st prospect in the 2015 recruiting class. Tell made his intentions clear during the fourth quarter of the Army All-American Bowl where plenty of USC targets and commits have shined in San Antonio, Texas.

Tell chose USC over Oregon and Texas A&M, another big win for the Trojans on a busy recruiting weekend. But guess what, the Trojans lead all schools with nine commitments playing in the Army All-American Bowl.

Tell recorded a couple of tackles in the game, including a physical hit over the middle and those talents will instantly translate to the defensive side of the ball for secondary coach Keith Heyward. The No. 6 safety in the nation and the No. 57 player in the nation, according to, finished off a great week of practice in the Army All-American Bowl to the delight of fellow Trojan Ykili Ross, who was seen jumping up and down after the decision was live on NBC.

USC now sits No. 6 overall in the recruiting rankings, and those could continue to rise over the next few weeks before National Signing Day on February 4th.

USC fans can follow Marvell on Twitter: @marvelltell7.

Football Highlights:

Derrell Warren, West Coast Recruiting Analyst (@yssd):

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.