Busy Day for Marcus

Among the long line of coaches that visited Durham (N.C.) Hillside High School on Wednesday – the first day following the Dead Period – to see Jamal Marcus was Deke Adams, North Carolina's newly hired defensive line coach.

"[Adams] talked about the [defensive] system they'll play and how a lot of players that have played in that system have come out successful," Marcus said. "He said him and Coach [Larry] Fedora are going to change the program up and win games. He thinks I could be a huge contributor in their system."

Coaches from East Carolina, Florida, NC State, and Ohio State also visited Hillside to see Marcus, a defensive end. Florida returned to Marcus' house later Wednesday night.

"It was a busy day," Marcus laughed.

Marcus' conversation with Adams was his first correspondence with UNC since Fedora was hired.

"[Adams] seemed like a nice guy – a guy I could play for," Marcus said. "But I'm still learning about him."

During the conversation, Adams went into specific detail about the "bandit" position (a hybrid defensive end/outside linebacker) which will be included in UNC's defense under Fedora and how Marcus is a perfect fit for it.

"[Adams] told me to think about a player like [the Dallas Cowboys'] DeMarcus Ware," Marcus said. "It's a hybrid position, which is great for me, because I've worked out at both [defensive end and linebacker]. I can line up on the line and bust off the edge. If I need to drop back into coverage, I can do that with the best of them."

UNC was a strong contender for Marcus up until Butch Davis' firing. Since that point, though, the Tar Heels have lost a lot of ground. At the very least, Wednesday's conversation with Adams put UNC on the path to recovery. Marcus will attend the Tar Heels' basketball game Saturday where UNC hopes to continue to gain back the ground it lost.

"I still have some questions, but I'm going to learn more this weekend when I meet Coach Fedora at the basketball game," Marcus said. "[UNC] is still a factor."

UNC is one of the four schools Marcus is still considering, along with East Carolina, Florida, and Ohio State.

"I like the coaching staff and the environment of those schools," Marcus said. "I know a lot about all those schools."

Marcus is scheduled to officially visit East Carolina the weekend of Jan. 14. He says he's considering setting up an official trip to either Florida or Ohio State the following weekend.

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