Inside Carolina – Marcus, thanks for talking with us. How did you like your visit to Chapel Hill?
Marcus McNeil – It was a great visit.
IC – What did you like best?
McNeil – Mainly the atmosphere. I really liked the atmosphere there.
IC – When you say atmosphere are you referring to the football game?
McNeil – I liked the atmosphere at the football game but it was more than just that. I liked the atmosphere around campus and around Chapel Hill.
IC – Did you have a favorite school growing up?
McNeil – Yes, North Carolina has always been my favorite school. In fact, North Carolina is my whole family's favorite school. We've moved around a lot but we've always liked North Carolina.
IC – Was this your first trip to Chapel Hill?
McNeil – Yes, this is the first time that I spent time here.
IC – You must have had some thought about what Chapel Hill and the University must be like. Was it about what you expected or better or worse?
McNeil – It was about what I had expected and I mean that in a good way. Coming to Carolina, I was afraid that I might be let down because I could have built it up too much in my mind. Instead, it was a nice as I thought it would be.
IC – Did you live in Fayetteville for awhile?
McNeil – I didn't but my family did.
IC – What was it like after the SMU game to be on the field with all the peaches and players?
McNeil – Oh, it was a lot of fun.
IC – Did you think the other recruits enjoyed it as well?
McNeil – Well, I was hanging out with Maurice Avery, who is a QB from down here in Georgia, and I know he did. I think everyone liked being on the field.
IC – Did you talk to Coach Bunting during your visit and if so what did he say to you?
McNeil – He told me how much he appreciated OL and how they are a key part of a football team. He said some coaches don't appreciate OL but he knows how important they are. He also talked about the program.
IC – How do you view the UNC football program?
McNeil – I think it is a program on the way up.
IC – Who is your primary recruiter?
McNeil – Coach Huxtable
IC – Did you get a chance to meet Coach Caldwell?
McNeil – Yes, I like Coach Caldwell.
IC – Did you get a chance to meet Coach Connors and talk about the S&C program?
McNeil – Yes, I had dinner with him and also he talked with us (recruits) as a group and discussed his philosophy about S&C.
IC –Have you scheduled any other official visits?
McNeil – No, not yet.
IC – When do you think you will decide?
McNeil – I sort of promised myself to take my time and take all my official visits so that I can make a good decision.
IC – What do you think about recruiting so far? Did you think that you would be this highly thought of?
McNeil – At first it was kind of nice but then it got to be a little overwhelming. I have a teammate on my HS team, Jonathan Palmer, that I thought was pretty much on the same level as I was but when I started looking at some magazines I would see my name ranked higher than his.
IC – Does Jonathan Palmer like Carolina too?
McNeil – Yes, he likes them too. In fact we were going to come to Chapel Hill together but it was a little short notice for him so he will probably come later.
IC – Is there anything that turns you off about recruiting?
McNeil – I don't like it when coaches lie. I had one school that I don't want to name that told me that I was one of their top recruits and they only have a couple of scholarships left and that I should go ahead and commit to make sure I got in. Well I didn't commit and they are still calling so I figure they were lying all along. I also don't like telling schools that I am no longer interested. I had to tell Georgia and South Carolina that I wasn't interested and they seemed really disappointed. Clemson probably thinks that I removed them from my list but I am still considering them.
IC – How did your HS team do this year?
McNeil – We were 7-3 but we didn't make the playoffs.
IC – Also heard that you play basketball. How many points did you average last year?
McNeil – About 13.
IC – Thanks for talking with us Marcus. Good luck with the remainder of your recruitment.