Jamal Marcus Planning Minnesota Visit?

Hillside (NC) defensive end Jamal Marcus is a highly sought after prospect holding 13 offers from BCS schools. GoldenSports.net was able to catch up with the talented defensive end to find out how his recruitment has been going so far.

The Minnesota Gophers offered the Marcus in late February and have maintained contact with him through Coach Jim Zebrowski.

"They try to call at least once a week and talk to Coach Z, so I talk to them a lot," he said.

A number of teams have recruited Marcus to play either defensive end or outside linebacker, but the Gophers like him on the defensive line.

"They're recruiting me to play defensive end," the 6-foot-3, 245-pounder said.

With a number of high quality offers in hand Marcus explained what factors he is looking for in a potential school.

"I'm looking for a school that's good academically, a coaching staff that tries to make you better on the field and off the field and a school with a good atmosphere," he said.

Are there any plans for a future visit to the University of Minnesota?

"Maybe, I'm going to try to make my way up there to see everything," Marcus explained.

Marcus plans on working on his speed, getting bigger and helping his teammates get better over the off-season. He currently has offers from Auburn, Clemson, Duke, Georgia Tech, Maryland, Minnesota, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Notre Dame, South Carolina, USC, Vanderbilt and Wake Forest.

When asked if he has a leader Marcus said, "I'm still open but I'm trying to cut it down but I'm still open."

Hillside went 16-0 last season capturing a state championship with Marcus racking up 52 tackles and 14 sacks.

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