With Deaderick Out, Phenom Marcel Dareus Is Ready To Make His Mark

Posted by Douglas Webb on September-1-2009 Add Comments

Marcel Dareus didn't start out as a household name in recruiting his senior season. Most schools didn't know a lot about him and those that did were afraid he wouldn't make his grades.

When his highlight tape hit the recruiting circuit, though, people were instantly wowed. With prototypical NFL size and speed, Dareus racked up 20 sacks in his senior season. His explosiveness on the tape was apparent to anyone that saw it.

As a result the phone started ringing off the hook with coaches looking for more information on the fast-rising phenom.

Still, the academic situation kept many programs from giving him a firm offer. Alabama coach Nick Saban wasn't one of them. The Tide made an offer to Dareus and stuck by ...

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