"Those two are my main ones," Marcus said. "South Carolina has been with me since the beginning and were one of the first schools to start recruiting me. They were my first offer (in June) and are still recruiting me really hard."
He says that South Carolina and Tennessee are both recruiting him the hardest.
"I love the defense (at South Carolina)," Marcus said. "(Defensive coordinator) coach Lorenzo Ward is great. He's been successful everywhere he's been and we have a great relationship.
"I also love the atmosphere there and the surroundings," he said.
While Marcus has been very impressed with the atmosphere at South Carolina, he sounds like Tennessee takes the cake in that department. "They have the best fans in football," he said about the Vols. "It's all about football in Tennessee. That's the dominant sport and they all love Tennessee football."
Marcus, ranked as the No. 35 safety in the country by Scout.com, doesn't have any official visits scheduled yet and hopes to take them all after his season. "I'll have to take them in December," he said. "I didn't want to do it during our season."
Stephenson is currently 9-0 and about to start the playoffs. Marcus says he has about 60 tackles, three interceptions and three tackles for loss.
The only school in his top four that he hasn't visited yet is West Virginia. "They are losing some guys in their secondary, so it would be a good opportunity for me to play early," he said.
His teammate (three-star running back) Willie Davis is already committed to South Florida, another school on Marcus's list. "USF is a great place," he said about the Bulls.
"I love the weather there. It's never cold," he said. "They're improving their facilities now too and even though the program hasn't been around long they have a history of winning."
So has his teammate been trying to sway him towards the Bulls? "We haven't talked about it too much, but he brings it up from time to time," he said. "But I know guys at all these schools so it's not a big thing."
He hopes to make a decision by the end of the year. "I want to graduate and get my degree," he said. "I also want to be in a good college town and not some big city. I need to make sure I'll fit into the defense they run and I want to feel like I fit in with the players they have, especially the guys in my recruiting class.
"I'm very physical and come downhill well," he said about his strengths. "I'm good at run support and have great ball skills. I'm an all-around player."
Marcus says he can bench 275-pounds, squat 415 and claims a 37-inch vertical jump.
"I want to get more interceptions and catch the ball better," he said. "I want to improve my technique."
Marcus plans to major in business management and reports a 3.4 core GPA and a 870 SAT.