UNC Making Up Ground with Marcus

Jamal Marcus' unofficial visit to North Carolina on Saturday has put the Tar Heels on track to regaining the ground lost in the coaching transition.

"I got a chance to talk to the new coaches down there, so the visit went pretty good," Marcus said. "North Carolina has definitely made up some ground. The new coach really wants to win. All the other coaches share the same feeling."

Earlier in his recruitment, UNC was a strong player for Marcus' services. However, the Tar Heels lost ground for the 6-foot-1, 219-pound defensive end/linebacker from Durham (N.C.) Hillside when Butch Davis was dismissed.

Although he was around the entire staff for most of the day, Marcus spent the most time with Vic Koenning, a defensive coordinator.

"I had a real good impression of him," Marcus said. "He talked about their defensive scheme. They're going to have one of the most perfect defensive schemes for me, because the position they want me for [Bandit] matches what I do best."

Marcus has primarily played defensive end during his career at Hillside. However at 6-foot-1, he lacks prototypical height for end in most college defensive systems. Larry Fedora plans to install a 4-2-5 defense at UNC, which will include the "Bandit" position (hybrid defensive end/outside linebacker) that matches Marcus's toolset.

Fedora also discussed UNC's defensive scheme with Marcus.

"I didn't get a chance to meet with him in his office, but I talked to him for a while when we were in the meeting rooms," Marcus said. "He says I'd be perfect in their defensive scheme. He thinks I could come in and play early."

The visit surrounded UNC's basketball game against Boston College.

"I've been to a basketball game earlier in the year, but it's always good to see possibly one of the best teams," Marcus said.

Marcus has tentatively scheduled an official trip with UNC for the weekend of Jan. 27. He'll officially visit East Carolina this coming weekend and is considering either Florida or Ohio State for an official trip the weekend of Jan. 20.

"I'm still pretty wide open, but after my ECU visit I think I'll have a better idea of how I'm feeling," Marcus said.

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