"But after everything that happened with Butch, I'm wide open right now. UNC is still on my list, but I'm wide open right now."
Now it's back to the drawing board for Marcus, a 6-foot-1, 219-pounder who has collected nearly two dozen scholarship offers.
"I plan on just waiting it out and visiting more schools," Marcus said. "I want to look at everybody. I want to look deeper to make sure nothing like [UNC's situation] will happen again with a school I'm trying to look at."
Marcus hopes to put together a favorites list of five to ten schools by the time his senior football season kicks off on Aug. 19. From there, he will begin taking his official visits after his season. "Coaching will be important," Marcus said. "Location is important a little bit. But I'm mostly looking for where I feel the most comfortable."
In 2010, Hillside had its best season in recent memory, which is saying a lot, going undefeated and winning the NCHSAA 4A Title. Marcus was part of a defense that, on average, held opponents to under ten points a game. From his defensive end position, he recorded 45 tackles, including ten sacks.
"The expectations [this coming season] are to do it again – 16-0," Marcus said. "We've been trying very hard in the offseason to just get better."
Though he's been primarily used as a true defensive end previously throughout his prep career, Marcus will be used more as a hybrid defensive end/linebacker for the coming season.
"It's a little change up," Marcus said. "I'll have the opportunity now to drop back into coverage and rush the quarterback. I'll have to learn how to drop into coverage more."
The move will help prepare Marcus for the collegiate level since most colleges are recruiting him with the projection of that hybrid defensive end/linebacker role.