January 27, 2012

Crunch time for Marcus

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For undecided prospects in the class of 2012, it is definitely crunch time as National Signing Day is less than a week away. Ohio State is still in the mix for several undecided prospects, including Durham (N.C.) Hillside linebacker Jamal Marcus. The 6-foot-2, 230-pounder was in Columbus this past weekend on an official visit. The visit was his first trip to Ohio State and his first interaction with many of the coaches.

"My visit there was good," said Marcus. "I got to talk to all of the coaches and got a good feel for everything. I got to meet the players and everything too so it was a good trip."

Marcus has an announcement ceremony scheduled on National Signing Day at 10:30 AM and says there are four schools that are still under consideration.

"It's between Florida, Ohio State, East Carolina, and North Carolina State," said Marcus. "That's not in any specific order or anything."

Florida has been a school that has seemingly moved up and down Marcus' list throughout the last few weeks but the physical outside linebacker prospect says the Gators are still involved.

"I see that Florida is bringing in a lot of talent down there," he said. "I think, just like with all of the other schools that I'm looking at, that I could flourish both on the field and academically."

North Carolina State is the newest of the four finalists to enter the picture but also the closest to Marcus' home.

"I like them a lot," he said. "They came into the process kind of late but they are definitely a school that I'm interested in."

Marcus had previously mentioned a top two of East Carolina and Ohio State. While some may have scoffed at the notion of picking a non-BCS program over a slew of perennial powers, that would be a mistake as Marcus' interest in ECU is clearly genuine.

"I'm real serious about them," he said. "I'm not trying to pick a school based off of name; I'm just trying to pick a school where I feel comfortable. When I put ECU in the mix with Ohio State, it was just because I am going to go to the school where I feel the most comfortable at."

Marcus added that he has not made a decision privately between his four finalists and will continue to evaluate the four schools into next week.


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