Vanderbilt is first to offer Forestville 2014 RB-DB Marcel Joly

Forestville football coach Charles Harley has an unusual description for what it looks like when running back Marcel Joly carries the ball and eludes defenders.

“It looks like he’s playing soccer, the way he is zig-zagging through the defense,” Harley said.

Only a sophomore, Joly is just beginning the recruiting process. And Harley — who has sent more than his share of players to play in college from one of the smallest public schools in the Washington area – has just begun getting Joly’s highlight tape out to recruiters.

But things are picking up quickly, with Vanderbilt the first school to offer the 5-foot-11, 190-pounder who also plays defensive back. Maryland and Virginia also are showing interest in the Haitian native who came to the United States five years ago, Harley said.

“He got here and played two years or boys club then played high school. It’s something he does very well,” Harley said, adding that Joly has started for the Knights’ varsity on both sides of the ball for two seasons. “And he’s a good leader. He’s the unquestioned leader of our team and he’s only a sophomore.”

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