YEARBOOK: MARCEL SOUTHALL
Duncanville defensive tackle (6-1, 287)
HOW HE GOT HERE: Southall, who was recruited by Brick Haley and Brian Jean-Mary, made his recruiting tour around the state and region last summer, hitting camps at Texas A&M and TCU and taking unofficial visits to Texas, Oklahoma and Texas Tech. The Sooners pursued him throughout the fall, and new Miami coach Mark Richt visited him two weeks before signing day. He took official visits to Miami (Jan. 22) and Ole Miss (Jan. 29) in the days right before signing day, but ended up signing with Texas that day.
STAR RATING: 3
RECRUIT RANKINGS: Overall, 491st; Fab 55, not ranked; Position, 42nd
MILES TO AUSTIN: 186
AT DUNCANVILLE: Made the second-team on the District 8-6A all-district team as a senior, yet also was invited to play in the Semper Fiedelis All-American Bowl all-star game. He was an honorable mention all-district pick as a junior. The Panthers, under a new coach, went 1-9 in 2015, but that included four near misses in 8-6A play — 28-26 losses to Grand Prairie and South Grand Prairie, 17-14 to Midlothian and 16-14 to DeSoto.
2013: Not available
2014: 8 sacks, playing defensive end
2015: Switched to defensive tackle
SOUTHALL’S BEST GAME — SO FAR: It came in a loss, a 44-41 setback at home in the second game of Southall’s senior year. He had six tackles and three tackles for loss that night.
THE NUMBERS GAME: Southall wore No. 11 at Duncanville, but will likely end up with a different number at Texas; sophomore safety P.J. Locke III wears 11. It’s been a rough recent stretch for Duncanville football — 9-21 overall the past three years, 4-15 in district. Southall never made it to the playoffs. Southall is one of 6 defensive linemen Texas signed, including 4 defensive tackles.
THEY SAID IT: “I feel like this is a big chance. A lot of people don’t go to Texas. I’ve got to handle my business and do what I need to do, so I set that mark for other family members to get into that school. This is a big chance, going to Texas.” — Marcell Southall
DID YOU KNOW?
1. Southall was on track to attend South Grand Prairie, but his parents wanted a fresh start going into high school. The family moved over to Duncanville before Southall’s freshman year. Southall said his mother wanted him to “get some new people to hang around with. I was basically goofing off a lot and not paying attention in class. So she wanted me to come here (to Duncanville).”
2. Texas coach Charlie Strong, linebackers coach/recruiting coordinator Brian Jean-Mary and defensive line coach Brick Haley all visited Southall after school one day. “The thing I liked about Charlie Strong, he wasn’t all about football,” Southall said. “He talked about growing up as a man. And I liked that he was a defensive coach.”
3. Southall said coaches recruited him as a defensive end, but that most viewed him as a defensive tackle. Recruiting services were mixed — 247Sports had him as the 48th-best defensive tackle in the nation, ESPN ranked him 24th and Rivals slotted him 32nd.