Marcus Gets 1-on-1 Time with UNC

Jamal Marcus made his previously postponed visit to North Carolina on Wednesday.

"I just really wanted to take a visit to North Carolina and be able to spend time with the coaching staff," Marcus said.

Marcus, a 6-foot-1, 219-pounder, was supposed to visit UNC early last week – and possibly participate in camp – with his Durham (N.C.) Hillside teammates. However, after arriving home late the night before from being out-of-town, he missed the trip to Chapel Hill.

Previously, Marcus has visited UNC a few times for football games and a junior day. Those previous visits, though, lacked individual time with the Tar Heel coaching staff.

"I had a chance to get a good one-on-one chat with all the coaches [during Wednesday's visit]," Marcus said. "I got a chance to talk to Butch Davis [and] see how he is. I talked to him [and] see where he is right now."

Marcus and Davis met in his office for about 30 minutes.

"We talked about my future at UNC, if I chose to come there, and how they'd use me," Marcus said.

Marcus stars at defensive end for Hillside, the reigning NCHSAA 4A Championships, where he recorded 45 tackles, including 14 sacks, last season. UNC is recruiting him as both a defensive end and an outside linebacker.

"I know I have the ability to play both positions," Marcus said. "I don't really have a preference for where I play at – wherever a university thinks I'll fit best at I'll play. I do like the variety of being able to play both positions, though."

The visit continued to improve UNC's chances for Marcus, who has always had a favorable opinion of the Tar Heels.

"It continued to push North Carolina high up my list," Marcus said. "I got to see the inside of it, so [the visit] brought it up a lot. I got a good feel for it."

Marcus recently assembled an ordered top ten schools list – Auburn, UNC, Georgia Tech, Clemson, Notre Dame, Minnesota, East Carolina, Maryland, NC State, and Southern Cal. All ten schools have offered him a scholarship.

"Those schools have a winning atmosphere that I can see myself playing in," Marcus said.

He said Auburn has emerged as Marcus's leader because of its coaching staff and academics.

Among his favorite schools, Marcus has visited Auburn, East Carolina, UNC, and NC State. He's working on scheduling trips to Clemson, Georgia Tech, and Oregon.

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