UCLA is recruiting Marvell Tell the hardest at this point followed by Washington State but USC cannot be counted out by any means yet as the four-star safety looks to trim his list soon.
The Encino (Calif.) Crespi standout said Sunday at the Passing Down Elite 7on7 SoCal Regional that the Bruins are the most aggressive and he still likes Washington State a lot. He's also visited USC and that program stands out.
Narrowing his list to five or six is being planned by the time his senior season starts but could get done even earlier.
"They're probably recruiting me one of the hardest right now," Tell said of UCLA. "I'm constantly hearing from them. I'm talking to coach (Demetrice Martin) constantly and just getting mail all the time.
"The next school would be Washington State. The overall feel when I went up there, I really like the school. They're rebuilding over there and they're doing some pretty good things.
"When I say UCLA and Washington State, they're recruiting me the hardest but USC is recruiting me hard and other schools are recruiting me hard as well. They like my speed, I'm rangy, I have pretty good instincts and I'm an athlete. I'm interested in USC. When I went up there and talked to the coaches they really make you feel like you're at home. At the end of the day it's USC, you can't turn down a school like that."
The 6-foot-3, 185-pound four-star prospect has not received any new offers lately. Oregon State has been showing more interest. Tell wants to cut his extensive list but is not giving any hints on which schools will make it.
"I'm looking to narrow things down by the end of the school year, right before the season, somewhere in that time frame," Tell said. "I'm not sure yet. I'm still working on it."
The Encino Crespi standout said he is trying to visit UCLA soon. Rivals.com rates Tell as the fifth-best safety and the No. 122 prospect in the 2015 class.