For 2012 LB/FB Marquel Gathers of West Johnston High School (NC) things have picked up recently in terms of his recruitment. Having camped with some of the major college programs in the state Gathers says college coaches have had a lot of positive feedback about him thus far.
Although he hasn't landed his first scholarship offer yet the 5'10 234 pound prospect feels it may not be too much longer if he continues to do well in the classroom along with his play on the field.
So far Gathers says he's hearing from a nice group of schools.
Early on in the process the Blue Devils of Duke were showing him the most interest but as of late things have changed Gathers says.
"I have visited Duke, North Carolina, and East Carolina. I like everyone who is recruiting me right now."
Last year was another big season for Gathers statistically as he put up some huge numbers.
"Last year I had 121 tackles, 4 sacks, 2 interceptions, and 2 forced fumbles."
One of his most recent camps stops produced some rave reviews from a coaching staff and could potentially more on down the road he says.
"I went to the North Carolina camp and did great there. Coach Browning and coach Shoop liked me at fullback! Coach Butch Davis loved me also! They said that if everything works out a scholarship could be offered later on in the process. The coaching staff loved me!"
Other schools are looking at Gathers at either linebacker or fullback and he told us what other schools he has camped with or may do so in the near future.
"Towson has talked about offering as well as a fullback. I attended the Western Carolina camp recently and they are showing a lot of interest in me as a linebacker. I've also attended camps at ECU and North Carolina State. I may got to camp at North Carolina Central on Thursday but I'm not certain yet."
Gathers knows what he'll be weighing the most when looking at potential colleges.
"Just a good environment. Being around coaches that I can relate to and talk to. Education is always a big factor too. Not only that but to be able to enjoy playing football and learning from older guys. When my time comes I will be ready though. I will work hard to get on the field."
In regards to testing Gathers has posted some extremely impressive numbers when it comes to strength and below you can check out his testing numbers.
Bench press: 400 pounds
Squat: 600 pounds
Power clean: 285 pounds
Fastest 40 time: 4.61 seconds
Pro Shuttle: 4.58 seconds
185 lb. bench reps: 33 reps
Before concluding the interview we asked if any schools really stand out for him at this juncture in his recruitment and if there are any other schools he'd like to hear from soon.
Gathers replied, "I'm wide open to everybody right now but UNC is my favorite as of right now! I really love the facilities and the coaches there. I'd like to hear more from Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech, South Carolina, Wake Forest, Maryland."