Marcus Working Through Process

RANDLEMAN, N.C. --- Jamal Marcus was among the more impressive – if not the most impressive – performers at the North Carolina Shrine Bowl's invitation workout on Saturday

"Everything went real well," Marcus said. "I got a chance to compete against the top players in my state, after getting back from the ‘Nike Opening' last week. It was real fun. I got to see a lot of my friends out here, so it was real fun."

Marcus stars at defensive end for Durham (N.C.) Hillside. But the 6-foot-1, 219-pounder worked out exclusively at linebacker during the event – making his performance that much more impressive.

"I've played some linebacker, so it wasn't a hard transition," Marcus said. "Me playing defensive end, you have to be real tough. No matter how big your opponent may be you still have to come out hard and play – shoot your hands out. I have had a lot of workouts at linebackers [this off-season], which helps."

Less than a month ago, Marcus appeared to be establishing some sort of order to his favorite schools list, with Auburn emerging as his leader and North Carolina in second.

That is no longer the case.

"I'm up in the air right now," Marcus said. "I'm just taking my time to evaluate my schools and seeing what schools fit me the most. I'm taking the off-season to take as many visits as I can before school starts.

"Auburn is still up there, but I'm all up in the air, right now. UNC is really up there, also, because it's always been one of my hometown favorites. I see UNC always being up there."

Marcus hopes to make a verbal commitment before his senior football season begins, so that he can focus on Hillside's attempt at repeating as NCHSAA 4A Champions. If he's unable to decide by then, he'll take most, if not all, of his allotted official visits before deciding.

Marcus has visited Auburn, Duke, East Carolina, Georgia Tech, Maryland, UNC, and NC State. Within the next month, he plans to make trips to Florida and Florida State.

"I want to continue evaluating schools and having some fun," Marcus said.

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