2013 Target: Marquez North

CHARLOTTE, N.C. --- Among the many schools to have already offered Marquez North is the program the 6-foot-3, 210-pound junior wide receiver from Mallard Creek grew up following: North Carolina.

Scouting Report

"Marquez, he's a speed guy for us, but he's a physical guy," Mallard Creek head football coach Mike Palmieri said. "He had a great season for us… He's an all-around threat.

"He's a kid that you could put on defense, also. If we need him, he'll be playing there this year."

Prep Career

North transferred from Lumberton (N.C.) High School into Mallard Creek prior to his junior season. As a sophomore at Lumberton, he played quarterback, throwing for 737 yards and ten touchdowns on 46-of-79 passes.

Once at Mallard Creek, North was converted to wide receiver and emerged at the go-to guy of the offense.

"We had a good quarterback already and felt [North] would be a great receiver for us," Palmieri said.

North ended his junior season with 36 catches for 922 yards and ten touchdowns. He also rushed 18 times for 410 yards and three scores, and returned three kickoffs for touchdowns.

Recruitment

At last check, 16 schools have offered North, including Florida, Clemson, North Carolina, NC State, Ohio State, Purdue, Virginia, Virginia Tech, and Wake Forest.

"He's a guy that pretty much every college that has come in here, they love him and they're going to offer him," Palmieri said. "He has great things ahead – similar to what D.J. [Humphries] went through. He just has the whole package – size, speed, his academics are phenomenal. "

UNC offered North last fall under the previous staff. Thus, he was unsure if it was valid under the new regime.

"I had my dad call up there to see if they were still interested since the coaching change," North said. "He found out that they were still interested, so I went up there to meet them."

In addition to that unofficial visit, North, who has previously attended three UNC football games, visited UNC on Sunday for the basketball game against Georgia Tech.

"It went very well," North said. "I've been there a couple of times, but it's still great every time I go."

North plans to return to UNC for the basketball game against Duke on Feb. 8.

On Wednesday, North spoke again to Larry Fedora, who was making his Signing Day calls to top 2013 prospects.

"He was just telling me that they want me to be the man for them," North said.

Five schools have emerged as favorites for North.

"I like Carolina, NC State, Ohio State, Clemson, and Georgia," North said. "I've been to all of them and I'm real comfortable with them."

North is unsure when he'll be ready to make a verbal commitment.

"I guess I'm going to just talk to my family about it and decide then," North said. "I want to be comfortable around the coaching staff. I want a school that's good academically and good football team."

Extra Notes

North grew up a UNC fan, though says that won't be a primary factor in his collegiate decision. In addition, North has three cousins currently enrolled at UNC.

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