Extended Visit for North

While his Charlotte (N.C.) Mallard Creek teammates left Chapel Hill following their elimination from North Carolina's "Beast of the Hill" 7-on-7 Passing Tournament, Marquez North remained on campus for at least four additional hours.

"I just hung out in the [UNC players' lounge] and just chilled with Tyquan [Lewis] and [Ryan Switzer]," North said of his visit last Friday. "Coach [Blake] Anderson was in there and Coach [Gunter] Brewer was in there. We were just chilling. We just played games and just hung out.

"It was pretty fun. I had just met ‘Switz' for the first time, which was pretty cool."

According to North, the environment was free from recruiting and football talk. More or less, it was a group of guys hanging out and having fun.

"Most times, [the UNC coaches and I] talk about the offense," North said. "But this time, we were just having a good time."

A minor groin injury suffered a week prior prevented North, a 6-foot-3, 210-pound wide receiver, from participating in Friday's 7-on-7 event. His absence contributed to Mallard Creek's loss in the semifinals.

Recruiting remains an afterthought for North. His focus is helping to deliver Mallard Creek its first state championship. While many in the 2013 class have made verbal commitments, North doesn't even have a plan on how or when he'll come up with his collegiate decision .

"I still haven't really decided," North said. "I'm not sure yet."

Furthermore, North doesn't claim a list of favorite schools – nor a leader.

"I'm still open to all schools right now, because I haven't really been to too many places," North said. "I'm going to try to go down to Florida and Ohio State."

Among the few schools North has visited are Clemson, UNC, NC State, South Carolina, and Tennessee.

Although he doesn't claim any favorite schools, UNC is definitely a school under consideration.

"North Carolina is real high, because it's close to home and my parents like it," North said.

Additionally, North has established a strong bond with Brewer, UNC's wide receivers coach.

"I probably have the strongest relationship with Coach Brewer," North said. "That's the person I talk to a lot."

With Saturday's verbal commitments from four-star prospects Dajaun Drennon and Greg Webb plus Friday's addition of Nazair Jones, North has noticed how UNC's 2013 recruiting class is shaping up.

"I don't really tend to get into the recruiting stuff," North said. "But, [UNC's recruiting class] is good for me, because I want to play with the best people. But I don't tend to get too much into that."

UNC's class also includes North's high school teammate Brian Walker, who committed in March.

"Brian, he tells me how great North Carolina is," North said. "But he doesn't really try to push me."

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