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Marvell Tell, Four-Star Safety From Crespi, Signs USC LOI

Tell had a great week of practice at the US Army All-American Game before committing to USC during the game.

Marvell Tell has a chance to compete for immediate playing time.
Marvell Tell has a chance to compete for immediate playing time.
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Marvell Tell

  • Safety
  • Crespi Carmelite HS (Encino, CA)
  • Ht: 6’2" / Wt: 185

Current Trojans offensive guard Jordan Simmons will welcome one of his former high school teammates next year as Crespi safety Marvell Tell signed his letter of intent on Wednesday morning.

Marvell Tell committed to the Trojans on national television during the US Army All-American Game on January 3. He chose USC over Oregon and Texas A&M among others. Tell was one of the standouts during the All-American Game practices and made a few tackles during the game. He also developed a connection with safety Ykili Ross, who also chose USC during an announcement segment during the game.

He is ranked as the No. 6 safety on both ESPN and Rivals and a top 15 player from the state of California. As a senior, Tell had 54 tackles, five tackles for a loss, and one interception in 11 games for Crespi. Tell also played a little bit of offense and had 11 receptions for 125 yards and three touchdowns.

Check out Marvell Tell's highlights from Crespi:

At 6’2" and 185 pounds, Marvell Tell is extremely athletic and long for a safety. He is also quick, having ran a 4.62 40-yard dash. Tell loves to creep up during the pre-snap reads and will come out of nowhere to make a tackle on an opposing player. I see a lot of current Trojans linebacker Su'a Cravens in Tell, but the one thing Tell will need to do once he get on campus is gain more muscle.

With Gerald Bowman graduating and Cravens switching over to linebacker during the 2014 season, both Ross and Tell have a great chance to make an immediate impact next year and knowing defensive coordinator’s Justin Wilcox’s scheme, we can expect Tell to be a player used to blitz when he plays.

For more information on high school recruits potentially choosing USC, follow our National Signing Day coverage throughout the day.