Marcus Meets with Tar Heel Coaches

Jamal Marcus made his first visit to North Carolina since Butch Davis's dismissal on Saturday.

"I feel more comfortable there now," Marcus said. "I still have to talk more to the coaches and see how everything is going on down there. Even though Coach Davis is no longer there, I feel like [UNC] is still up there – It's one of my top [schools]. But I still don't know where I'm going to. With the coach change, it opened my [favorites] back up, but I'm still really considering UNC."

Through his stay on Saturday, Marcus, a 6-foot-1, 219-pounder from Durham (N.C.) Hillside, had conversations with several UNC coaches including assistants Ken Browning and Joe Robinson.

"They said they have a spot for me right now, because they have a lot of upperclassmen leaving," Marcus said. "Me going there, there would be a good chance of me starting right away."

Marcus stars at defensive end for Hillside. However, UNC plans to use him as a hybrid defensive end/outside linebacker and have compared his role to that of former Tar Heel and current Dallas Cowboy Bruce Carter.

"They would have me come up and hit some people and drop into coverage," Marcus said. "I know what my abilities are [and] I feel like I can play that position to the best of my ability."

During Saturday's 24-22 victory over Rutgers, Marcus focused on UNC's defense, which limited the Scarlet Knights to 244 total yards, including one rushing.

"There were a lot of turnovers, but the defense played well and stopped them when they needed to," Marcus said.

During pregame, Marcus was escorted onto the field where he chatted briefly with head coach Everett Withers.

"He said he was really excited that I came," Marcus said. "He just wants me to keep my head up with everything. He really wants me to be a Tar Heel."

While he doesn't have a firm set of favorite schools, Marcus says he's hearing the most from Auburn, Florida, UNC, NC State, and Southern Cal.

"I'm really trying to find [a leader] right now," Marcus said.

Marcus is unsure what other schools he'll visit this football season for games. However, he hopes to attend games at Florida, NC State, and Wake Forest by the end of the fall.

"I make my schedule week-to-week and don't normally know where I'm going until later in that week," Marcus said.

Additionally, Marcus hasn't scheduled any official visits, but is considering official trips to East Carolina, Florida, and UNC.

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