"The first thing I think of is raw explosion," Hillside head coach Antonio King said. "He's cat-quick off the line. He has an excellent pass rush. He wrecks havoc on his side of the ball. He can hold his own against the run and the pass real well."
While playing weak-side defensive end, Marcus helped Hillside hold opponents to less than ten points a game as the team went undefeated and won the NCHSAA 4A Championship. On the season, he recorded 45 tackles, including 14 sacks.
"He's our defensive end, but we're going to stand him up a little bit this year so he's like a hybrid player," King said. "We'll drop him back like a linebacker [and] come off the edge."
Marcus has received verbal scholarship offers from Duke, Maryland, NC State, Oregon, Vanderbilt, and Wake Forest, plus significant interest from Alabama, East Carolina, Michigan, North Carolina, and Notre Dame.
"He has interest from all over," King said.
Marcus is predominately being recruited as a defensive end, but King believes he has the ability to also play strong safety or outside linebacker in college.
"[The UNC coaches] are telling me that they'll have me either as a stand up end or outside linebacker," Marcus said.
Marcus has made visits to Duke, East Carolina, UNC, and NC State. He will visit either UNC or Wake Forest this Saturday, and is planning a trip to Clemson very soon.
In the last several years, Hillside has sent numerous players to Division I-A schools, especially locally. Most of them have offered up advice to Marcus.
"I don't have a top school at the moment," Marcus said. "I have my options open right now."
Marcus also runs track for Hillside, participating in the 100- and 200-meter dashes and 4x100 relay. His personal best time in the 100 is 11.4 seconds… Marcus grew up a Florida State fan, but says that will have no affect on his recruitment.
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