Alabama Football News: Five-star recruit Marlon Humphrey could start next year

With Alabama football news feeds buzzing over the Crimson Tide signing their fifth five-star recruit of the offseason in cornerback Marlon Humphrey, there is now speculation that the prized Alabama recruit could make an immediate impact.

According to ESPN columnist Tom Lugenbill, the Alabama native could see early playing time due to his "good measurables," along with his "strong feel for the game and excellent athleticism."

Lugenbill continued to heap praise on Marlon Humphrey, stating that "Humphrey is ready physically and mentally to come in and contribute early in his career." Alabama head coach Nick Saban had Humphrey on the top of his offseason recruiting board, and if Humphrey's "ability to match up against taller receivers" shows itself early in the season, there is an outside chance Humphrey could land a starting spot as a true freshman.

The Alabama Crimson Tide did not struggle in many areas during the 2013 season, yet the passing defense was probably the weakest unit on the team. The Crimson Tide allowed 248.5 passing yards per game, good for just 48th in the FBS.

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