North Likes UNC's Scheme

In the past couple of seasons, Marquez North has attended roughly a handful of North Carolina football games. None have left a greater impression on the state's top wide receiver than Saturday's thrilling 43-35 victory over NC State.

"So far that was like the best [atmosphere] that I've seen from all the times I've been there," North said. "That was probably the loudest. Everybody was on their feet for about four quarters."

North says individual games won't affect his recruitment, but the more the 6-foot-3, 210-pound wide receiver from Charlotte (N.C.) Mallard Creek learns about a school's offense will have an impact.

"The game doesn't really effect how I feel," North said. "I just look at the total offense. The spread is working for them – that's what I'm looking at."

North has always felt he could make an impact in UNC's one-back, up-tempo spread offense. But on Saturday he said he saw how fun it would be to play in that offense.

"This game, I just liked the scheme," North said. "They were just real aggressive. This past Saturday, they even went for it on two-point conversions. I just liked how confident they were. They put on a show, really."

With that said, three schools have separated themselves from the pack in North's ever-changing favorite schools list.

"Carolina, Florida, Ohio State – those are the top schools right now," North said. "I just like the overall atmosphere [at those three schools] – that's really about it. I'm still considering other schools and I'm going to take all five of my official visits."

North has taken just one official visit – Florida for its game against LSU. He doesn't have any future official trips schedule and isn't sure which four schools will receive an all-important official visit.

Furthermore, North plans to visit a school this weekend – unofficially or officially – but isn't sure of the destination just yet.

"My dad and I, we play it week to week," North said. "We haven't talked about [where we'll go this weekend] all week. Probably sometime [Wednesday], we'll sit down and talk about it."

Outside of discussing where he's going that weekend with his father, recruiting is an afterthought for North – who envisions a Signing Day decision – throughout the week. That includes talking to college coaches.

"My relationship is pretty much the same with all coaches," North said. "I'm not really a social guy. Like phone call wise, I'm pretty low-key. I don't really call coaches at all – my dad handles most of that."

North added that because of the nature of his personality, even conversations while on campus are kept to a minimal.

Mallard Creek will open up the NCHSAA 4AA playoffs on Friday without North. A torn labrum forced him to have season-ending shoulder surgery last week.

"The labrum in my shoulder had been torn since like week three, but I kept playing with it," North said. "But it got worse."

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