4-star wide receiver Marquez North has the prototypical size and speed to be a force in college football, perhaps even as a freshman in 2013. At 6'4", 212 pounds, North—who hails from Mallard Creek High School (Charlotte, N.C.)—has captured the attention of many major college programs.
What immediately jumps out on tape is North's ability to get, well, north-and-south. His breakaway speed is breathtaking, and he gets to top speed in a hurry. Cuts look effortless, and North displays deceptive elusiveness. It's easy to see how he ran a 4.41 in the 40-yard dash.
North's junior year put him on the map as a wideout, as he put up 922 yards and 10 touchdowns on just 33 receptions. Despite having a changing role as a senior, where he got the ball on hand-offs more than on receptions, North continued to amaze.
45 carries resulted in 18 touchdowns on the ground on a ridiculous 15.2 yards per carry. He only caught 20 passes, but seven of those snags resulted in six points for North, according to 247Sports.com. That's a staggeringly good touch-to-touchdown ratio.
North is the No. 8 wide receiver in the country as it stands, but he clearly has the potential to be very special at the next level. This type of a home run threat doesn't come along very frequently, as those high school numbers would indicate some sort of taller version of Percy Harvin.
With such outstanding physical gifts, there is a legitimate opportunity for North to contribute immediately if he can pick up the offense well enough.
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