Another Humphrey is getting major D1 attention, and he’s in eighth grade

Cameron Smith
Prep Rally

The fact that Marlon Humphrey would receive boat loads of recruiting mail from top Division I programs is no news flash. The senior cornerback at Hoover High (Hoover, Ala.) is one of the nation's top recruits, ranked No. 2 among all cornerbacks and No. 5 overall among all recruits in the nation, according to Rivals.com.

Eighth grader Marion Humphrey's first Division I football recruiting letter — Twitter
Eighth grader Marion Humphrey's first Division I football recruiting letter — Twitter

The surprising twist to the story of the recruiting mail arriving at the Humphreys' abode is that some of it isn't for Marlon; it's for his brother Marion, who hasn't even played a down of high school football yet.

As noted by MaxPreps, and tweeted by Marlon Humphrey himself, Marion Humphrey began receiving personal Division I recruiting letters at the end of September with South Carolina the first to chime in for the eighth grader.

That an eighth grader would receive major recruiting attention is not unprecedented. After all, there were two other members of the Class of 2018 who received Division I scholarships when they were still in seventh grade. What makes Marion Humphrey so unique is that he's being recruited not just for his athleticism, but also for his pedigree.

As previously mentioned, Marion Humphrey's older brother Marlon is a top football recruit and a potential future Olympian in the hurdles. His father was a collegiate running back at Alabama.
Put all those factors together and Marion Humphrey seems like a realistic Division I recruit, even if offering him a scholarship as an eighth grader still requires an awful lot of projecting.

Naturally, that hasn't dimmed the optimism of either Humphrey brother, if Marlon's tweet about his little bro is any indication.

My lil bro D1 already!! #Gamecocks pic.twitter.com/5Yu09gXuSL

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