August 1, 2012

North down to two?

There is little doubt that Mallard Creek (Charlotte, N.C.) wide receiver Marquez North is one of the top targets on multiple teams' recruiting boards.

That is certainly the case for six schools that he has consistently listed as his favorites in Ohio State, Clemson, North Carolina State, North Carolina, Georgia, and Florida.

North Carolina and Clemson have long been thought to be top two, and since North is one of the toughest recruits in the country to get in contact with, it would be almost impossible to find out other wise.

His offensive coordinator at Mallard Creek, Aaron Brand, knows North well and feels that while the four star playmaker hasn't spent much time on his recruitment, he knows what is going on with his top schools.

"He knows the situation where Clemson has brought in two big receivers like him and it is pretty much down to Georgia and North Carolina," said Brand. "They brought in Mike Williams and that other guy (Demarcus Robinson) and he knows that. It is down to those two."

North has yet to name a true favorite during the recruiting process, but Brand, having observed his star receiver over the last couple of years, believes he knows which team is clearly the favorite.

"Georgia is 100% his favorite school. He is the biggest A.J. Green fan there is and Georgia is where he wants to be," said Brand. "You can tell when you hear him talk about Georgia."

Thus far, North has only made a few trips, mostly this spring, to the schools in which he is interested and Brand is as lost as anyone as to why the Rivals100 pass catcher hasn't put much effort into the process.

According to the Mallard Creek coach, however, he is positive North will take a trip to Athens.

"He will 100 percent take a trip down there (Athens)," said Brand. "I'm not sure why he hasn't put more into the process, but he hasn't visited or communicated with anyone really. Its kind of frustrating because he just hasn't communicated with any of the schools really."

In his junior season North averaged just over 26 yards per catch with 39 grabs for 1,022 yards, and 19 touchdowns.

Brand and the Mallard Creek staff expect more of the same from North his senior campaign.

"He is a beast," said Brand. "He is different guy between the lines and we know he can make plays."

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