Recruiting on Backburner for North

CHARLOTTE, N.C. --- Focused on his upcoming senior football season at Mallard Creek High, Marquez North hasn't given his recruitment very much attention.

"Right now, I've been real low key and focused on my team and building chemistry with them," North said after leading his team to the finals of the Carolina Panthers 7-on-7 Tournament. "With recruiting, I just haven't been into it right now."

With that said, despite all the rumors and reports circulating about where he's leaning, North says he doesn't have a firm favorite schools list – and definitely doesn't have a leader. However, a handful of schools have risen to the top of the 6-foot-3, 210-pound wide receiver's mind.

"I don't really have a stand out [school], because I haven't really been anywhere," North said. "Carolina, Clemson, Georgia, Florida, and Ohio State are schools that are recruiting me hard and have history. And I like Carolina, because it's an in-state type deal too so it's close to my family and all that. My parents like Carolina too, that's why I like them too."

Relative to the amount of schools that have offered, North hasn't made very many recruiting trips since the end of last football season. His limited visits include Clemson, North Carolina, NC State, South Carolina, and Tennessee.

"I don't even know who or when I'll visit next," North said.

North isn't real sure how or when he'll ultimately determine his collegiate destination.

"I don't even know how I'm going to do it," North said. "I'm just focused on my team. I'll take my official visits, but I don't even know which schools they will be."

Furthermore, North said isn't exactly sure what he's looking for in a school.

Sticking with the theme of recruiting as an afterthought, North says he purposely doesn't keep in regular contact with any college recruiter. He did say he has a very good relationship with Gunter Brewer, who is recruiting him for UNC.

"He comes to see me a lot at the school," North said. "I don't call anybody, so I haven't talked to him in a [while]. Whenever I talk to him we have good conversations."

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