Teague Considering UNC Official

Since he won't be able to unofficially visit North Carolina before his senior football season begins, Marsalis Teague is considering using an official visit to see UNC.

"I actually wanted to try to get over there before the summer was out," Teague said. "But things didn't fall into place for me. If I visit North Carolina, it will have to be an official visit now."

Teague, a 5-foot-10, 170-pound athlete from Paris (Tenn.) Henry County, hasn't settled on the five schools he will officially visit this fall. He hopes to know the destination of all five official visits within the next three-four weeks.

"I want to go to the schools that I haven't been to. But at the same time, I want to try to get to the schools I'm still trying to consider," Teague said. "It's kind of weighing on me a little bit. [I'm] trying to think things through on which schools I'm going to take my official visits to."

Ultimately, Teague believes his official visit schedule will consist of a combination of schools he's really interested in and schools that he hasn't visited but has developed a good relationship with its coaches.

UNC fits into the latter category. Teague says he talks "very often" to Tar Heel assistant Charlie Williams, his UNC primary recruiter.

"Me and Coach Williams have a real good relationship," Teague said. "He told me he wants me to come play wide receiver. I definitely want to get down there and check it out.

"He actually came down here to see me this spring. He told me ‘I came down to Tennessee. Now it's your turn to come down here [to Chapel Hill] to my turf that way I can show you around.' Then he said ‘Hopefully make you become a Tar Heel.'"

Teague plans on taking all five of his official visits before making a verbal commitment. Ideally, he hopes to get all of his officials out of the way by the end of the football season.

"[I want to go] where I feel the most comfortable at," Teague said. "Not really close to home or anything like that, but just… where I feel like I fit in the most and where I feel the most comfortable at."

Although Teague doesn't have a true leader, one school has an unmatched edge.

"It's not really a leader – it's kind of hard to explain," Teague said. "I grew up liking Miami. So it's this little thing that's kind of in me. I grew up liking them [and would enjoy to] get a chance to play for them. But at the same time, I wouldn't really consider them a definite leader at this point."

Teague, who has collected 12 scholarship offers, says he also hasn't established a list of favorite schools.

"As of right now, I still haven't really narrowed down my list," Teague said. "Right now, I'm still actually trying to consider every school that has offered me. Certain schools are talking to me a little more than others, so I'm trying to consider them a little more."

Teague says Clemson, Georgia Tech, Michigan, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Vanderbilt are recruiting him the hardest.

While most schools are recruiting him as a cornerback, UNC projects Teague as a wide receiver.

"To me, I feel comfortable playing wide receiver, I feel comfortable playing corner, [and] I feel comfortable playing quarterback in the type of offense we run," Teague said. "It doesn't really matter to me. The quickest way to get me on the field, get the ball in my hands, I'm all for it."

The position he's being recruited for won't have any bearing on Teague's collegiate decision.

"I wouldn't go to a school, just because they said I'll play wide out. I wouldn't go to a school just because they said I'll play corner," Teague said. "To me, it doesn't really matter."

During his sophomore season, Teague started at cornerback after seeing reps in the secondary as a freshman. He was then converted to quarterback for his junior season. In Henry County's spread option offense, Teague rushed for 1,633 yards and 16 touchdowns on 151 carries, and passed for 1,613 yards and 17 touchdowns.

In early spring, Teague's highlight film was sent out to various schools throughout the nation including UNC. Impressed with what he saw, Williams contacted Joe Gaddis, Henry County head football coach, for more information.

In turn, Teague phoned Williams when he was informed that UNC was on the verge of extending a scholarship offer. A couple of days later, the official paperwork arrived in the mail.

During the spring, Teague attended junior days at Mississippi, Tennessee, and Vanderbilt. He then made summer trips to Clemson, Georgia, Georgia Tech, and Miami.

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