Shrine Bowl Preparing Marcus

SPARTANBURG, S.C. --- In the Shrine Bowl, Jamal Marcus will play a hybrid defensive end/outside linebacker in North Carolina's '50' defense. Thus, this week has provided him plenty of practice at a position he'll likely play in college.

"Basically, I'll come off the edge and I'll drop back into coverage," Marcus said. "I've done a little bit of that in high school, but it's a little bit more of a linebacker [here]. I feel comfortable playing it, because it's not really new to me. But the practicing helps me get it down."

Marcus primarily played defensive end during his high school career at Durham Hillside. However, because of his lack of ideal height and exceptional speed, the 6-foot-2, 225-pounder will likely play more of a linebacker position in college – or a position similar to what he's playing in the Shrine Bowl.

"Practicing, practicing it here constantly will get me more comfortable with it," Marcus said. "Once I get to college, I can't say I've never seen it. The whole experience is giving me preparation for college. Most likely, I will go to a school that plays a 3-4."

Marcus isn't certain where he will play college ball – he doesn't even have a solid list of favorite schools. He said he'll likely schedule January official visits to Auburn, East Carolina, Florida, North Carolina, and Ohio State.

"I think I have officials scheduled with ECU and Florida," Marcus said. "I think one is the 13th of January and the other is right after that."

UNC was a school that was, to say the least, a strong player for Marcus, until Butch Davis' untimely dismissal. The Tar Heels' hiring of Larry Fedora last week, though, might have lessened the blow.

"I see that [UNC] is really trying to rebuild their program," Marcus said. "I expect them to do a lot better in the future. I saw that Fedora had a great season this past year. Once I get a chance to take a visit to UNC, I look forward to talking to him and learning more about him."

After taking his official visits, Marcus said he plans to make a verbal commitment.

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