Vanderbilt recently received a commitment from three-star running back JaVeon Marlow, who says he prefers to keep quiet off the field.
“I don’t really talk much because I do my talking on the field,” he told GN. “My strengths are being able to see things before they happen; that’s how I run. I can look at the defense and tell what the linebacker is about to do, whether he is going to be aggressive or soft. That’s how I run and that’s how I’m able to read my way through football games.”
Marlow (5 feet 10, 200 pounds), from Winter Haven (Fla.) High, chose Vanderbilt over offers from Kentucky, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, Wake Forest and others. Vandy’s current running back, Ralph Webb, also is a Florida native, from Gainesville High.
“A couple weeks ago I went on a visit with my mom and my coach and we stayed there for a couple days,” Marlowsaid. “Most of the time I spent there, they showed me a lot of love and attention. They showed me how much they really wanted me to be a Commodore.
“I know that they have had a lot of people commit, but my reason is different. If they didn’t have them, I would still commit because of the way they made me feel. They made me feel at home and wanted.”
One of the main reasons Marlow picked the Commodores was because of his relationship with the coaching staff.
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“We have a really good relationship and they have made it to where I feel comfortable talking to them and if I did make a commitment I would be safe and cared for because I’m with them,” he said.
When asked if he was an every-down back, Marlow said, “Yes, because I have the power and the quickness.”
Marlow also sees a particularly favorable opportunity to him by playing in the SEC.
“It’s very exciting because you get to play against big competition,” he said. “Many go from the SEC and play in the NFL and that’s what my goal is, but also I get to get a great education, so I have something to fall back on.”
Vanderbilt has 14 commitments in its 2018 recruiting class; Marlow is the first running back of the group.
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