UNC Targeting NY WR

During Mike Paulus' recruitment, the North Carolina coaching staff discovered a target for its 2008 class – Paulus' Syracuse (N.Y.) Christian Brothers teammate Marcus Sales.

"They told me [last fall] that they were going to be recruiting the '07 players and then come back to get me," said Sales. "On Signing Day I talked to Butch Davis on the phone; he just said he would like to offer me a scholarship. A couple of weeks later it came in the mail."

Sales, a 6-foot-2 185-pound wide receiver, also holds scholarship offers from Louisville, Miami, Pittsburgh, Syracuse, and Virginia. Iowa, Michigan, N.C. State, Notre Dame, and Wake Forest have all expressed strong interest, but have yet to offer.

Given Paulus' role as a recruiter for the 2007 class, it comes as no surprise that he is already making a strong pitch to Sales.

"He's trying to get me to [commit] early to North Carolina," said Sales. "He's like ‘Yeah, we're going to have a real good team. We have the number 10 or 11 recruiting class coming in. In a couple of years, we should be bringing home a national championship.'"

While Paulus' efforts are making some progress, Sales remains open to all interested schools.

"He's doing an alright [job of recruiting me], but I'm still open to everybody," said Sales. "I have no clue where I want to go."

Sales did admit, however, that reuniting with his high school quarterback would be enticing.

By the beginning of the summer, Sales plans to narrow his list of options down to a more manageable list.

"I'm looking for a school with good academics, a coaching staff, a place where I fit in [socially], [and] playing time," said Sales.

He said a verbal commitment won't be made any earlier then after his senior football season, but could come as late as National Signing Day.

In addition to Paulus, Sales is also being recruiting for UNC by Tar Heel assistant Chuck Pagano. Sales says he and Pagano talk "a lot" either over the phone or through text messages.

"He just talks about being focused," said Sales. "He tells me to finish off my senior year and that this is going to be the biggest decision of my life."

Pagano is also trying to get Sales down to Chapel Hill for an unofficial visit.

"I play basketball too, so I'm thinking about going down there for an AAU tournament," said Sales. "They have that tournament at the University of North Carolina, so I'll probably visit the [football] coaching staff while I'm down there."

Sales attended a junior day at Virginia a couple weeks ago and has gone to a few basketball games at Syracuse.

With Paulus under center, Sales caught 33 passes for 600 yards and seven touchdowns during his junior season. As a sophomore, he collected 25 receptions for 625 yards and nine touchdowns.

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