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OL Marcus Minor Sticking to the Plan

The four-star offensive lineman will release his top five this summer.

HYATTESVILLE, Md. --- When his recruitment began, Marcus Minor set out to visit every school that offered him before moving forward. The four-star prospect has yet to deviate from that plan.

“It’s working,” Minor said. “It’s coming along slowly and during the summertime I’ll probably drop a top five.”

Minor, a 6-foot-4, 285-pound offensive lineman from DeMatha Catholic, has received 21 offers. Thus far, he has visited Auburn, Duke, Maryland, Miami, Michigan State, North Carolina, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, and West Virginia.

“It’s been a great experience – a blessed experience,” Minor said. “I’m thankful for the opportunities.”

However, Minor’s travels have yet to allow any schools to emerge from the fray.

“Right now, I’m just going with the flow,” Minor said. “I haven’t made any cuts. So, I like all the schools that have offered me. I’m just trying to tell my parents about the pros and cons with each visit.”

Minor was able to offer a review of UNC after he attended the Tar Heels’ Junior Day in late January.

“I love the campus, I love the environment, I love the coaching staff,” Minor said. “I just enjoyed the visit when I was there.”

Focused on visiting each offering school, Minor doesn’t have any plans to return to UNC. If the Tar Heels make his cut to five, then he’ll determine whether a second visit to Chapel Hill is necessary.

In the meantime, Minor has kept in regular contact with Chris Kapilovic, UNC’s offensive line coach. The two speak over the phone on a weekly basis, but communicate much more frequently via Twitter direct messages.

“He tells me how much I’m a priority to the team, how he wants to coach me so bad, how the program could benefit me, and how I could help out the program,” Minor said.

According to Minor, he’s being recruited as a left tackle by Kapilovic.

“Marcus is a very smart player,” DeMatha assistant coach Justin Cunningham said. “He’s physical, he’s tough, [and] he’s relentless. He could play guard, he could play tackle, he could play center – he’s very versatile. He plays with a very high football IQ and kind of a nastiness to him that a lot of guys don’t have.”

Minor is unsure when he’ll make a verbal commitment. It could occur before the season or he could wait to take his official visits before deciding.

“I just want to commit whenever I feel comfortable,” Minor said. “I’ll have to feel, ‘Yea, this is the school I want to go to.’ From there, that’s when I’ll commit. I’ll tell my head coach, tell my parents, and I’ll just tell everybody else that this is the school that I want to go to.”

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