Sales Takes Official to UNC

After helping Syracuse (N.Y.) Christian Brothers Academy to an easy win Friday night, Marcus Sales headed to North Carolina the following morning for his first official visit.

"It went well," Sales said. "They have a nice campus. I liked it a lot."

Sales, who attended the visit alone, was hosted by starting free safety Deunta Williams. Former teammate Mike Paulus was the assumed host, but Sales was actually glad he was hosted by a new face.

"[Williams] is a cool guy," Sales said. "He was just showing me around a lot.

"I thought that was [good that Paulus wasn't my host]. I really wanted to get a chance to know the other players. I know Mike Paulus real well, so I wanted to get a chance to mingle with the other players."

After starting of the visit with a quick bite to eat, Sales was taken on a tour of the campus.

"It was real nice," Sales said. "I got a chance to mingle with the fans, also. They knew who we were." Sales then joined the football team on their traditional "Well Walk," which eventually led him to the sideline of Kenan Stadium to watch warm-ups.

"They got a good atmosphere," Sales said. "I like the fact that they have good fans. They always have a sellout crowd no matter what the situation is."

After the game, Sales spent time with Williams.

"We got a chance to go out to eat with Coach [Butch] Davis and get a chance to mingle with the staff a little bit and talk to some of the players," Sales said.

Sunday morning during a film session with primary recruiter Chuck Pagano, Sales was informed that UNC is recruiting him as a defensive back.

"We went over the game film," Sales said. "He was teaching me a couple of the defensive coverages and stuff."

Every other school recruiting Sales sees the 6-foot-1, 185-pounder as a wide receiver on the collegiate level.

"It doesn't really matter what position I play," Sales said. "I just [want to play] wherever will get me on the field quicker."

Sales starts at both wide receiver and defensive back for CBA. Thus far this season, he has collected over 600 receiving yards and six receiving touchdowns. He has also intercepted two passes on defense.

Sales concluded his official visit Sunday afternoon with the customary meeting with Davis.

"He just talked to me about making sure that I take my time with my decision," Sales said. "They're not rushing me to make a decision."

Although Sales lacks a leader, he says he could make a verbal commitment as early as late November.

Before making any final decision, though, Sales will take all of his official visits. He's in the process of scheduling trips to Pittsburgh and Boston College. He said he isn't sure what schools will get his final two allotted visits.

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