North has a plan

Marquez North is a team player and he is all about putting his team first, but at some point, he has to be selfish, think about himself, and start to focus more on recruiting. He has plan to handle that.

Marquez North did not take any recruiting visits over the summer. He has hardly talked to any college coaches in recent weeks, and he hasn't really studied up on the different schools that are in pursuit of him right now.

He is all about his team right now, so when will he begin to focus more on recruiting?

"I just plan to play the season, focus on my senior season, and either late in the season, or right after it is over, I will start to really focus on recruiting," North told Scout.

"That is when I'll probably start to take my official visits, really study up on the schools, and things like that."

Many schools have been coming after North for a couple of years and none are showing more interest at the moment than the home state North Carolina Tar Heels.

"UNC is an in-state school, they have a really good academic program, and they can help me in football, and after football too if I go there. I think there is a lot to like about Carolina."

The Tar Heels have had the 6-foot-3, 210 pound receiver on their campus before as has the school he grew up a fan of.

They play in the SEC.

"Georgia is a school I still like and they were one of the first schools to start to recruit me. Coach [Tony] Ball hit me up on Facebook the other day and I like him, hoe they feature their receivers, and things like that."

A couple of schools that play in the SEC East with UGA are in hot pursuit of the four-star prospect out of Mallard Creek as well.

"Tennessee and Florida are recruiting me hard and they are probably showing the most interest in me other than North Carolina right now.

"I talk to Coach [Jay] Graham from Tennessee and he has told he they want to throw it around stuff like that. That kind of stuff stands out to a wide receiver.

"D.J. Humphries (North's former teammate) is at Florida now and he has been telling me about the school, how it is great there, and things like that. He is not pressuring me to go there or anything, but he wants me to get down there to see things."

It is hard to really know just who is leading or if all are truly even for the no. eight wideout in the country, but he just doesn't have much to say about that topic right now.

"I really haven't thought much about that yet," North said when asked about a leader. "I am just focused on winning a state title this year because we came up a little short last year. I am all about the team right now, but I will focus more on recruiting later.

"I am not even sure yet what I am really looking for in a school. I will start to think about that a little later."

North and Mallard Creek fell to Butler 24-6 in the season opener Friday night. North accounted for the only score of the night for Mallard Creek on a quarterback draw from nine yards out.

Chad Simmons is currently a National Recruiting Analyst for FOX Sports/Scout. He started with Scout in 2003 and then moved on to another Recruiting Service from 2004-2008 before returning to Scout the first of 2009 to become South Recruiting Manager.
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