Three battle for MarQuez North

Ramondo North says he turned to his son, four-star receiver MarQuez North, on Sunday night and asked which school he was leaning toward.

MarQuez North will visit Clemson on Jan. 11.

"He didn't really know," the elder North told 247Sports.

According to Ramondo North, three programs continue to stand out -- Clemson, North Carolina and Tennessee -- to his son, a senior at Charlotte (N.C.) Mallard Creek. The question is, do any of the three lead?

"I'd probably say Carolina," Ramondo North said. "But the thing MarQuez doesn't like about Carolina is that they've got a lot of receivers. He likes Carolina. He likes the coaches. It's close to home and it's a good education. The only thing is, he's concerned about the depth chart. He knows if he goes to Tennessee they'll probably have two receivers leaving. He's trying to figure it all out. I wouldn't say North Carolina is slipping, but Tennessee doesn't have enough receivers, and it's in the SEC. That's the best football."

In the fall, Tennessee was North's leader, but as word spread a coaching change in Knoxville could happen, it helped North Carolina become a co-leader. After that change was made, momentum seemed to be with the Tar Heels.

Meanwhile, Clemson has been up and down with North, the No. 135 overall prospect for 2013, but recently has made positive strides.

"Clemson has been coming up, talking to him and the family," Ramondo North said. "He wants to go on a visit there to see how he fits in with the players. We like the offense, and how they use their receivers. MarQuez and Coach [Danny] Pearman have got a good relationship. He calls him and he's been to the house. Clemson has been by two or three times. They keep him informed with everything."

As of now, the plan is for North, who still has three officials remaining, to visit Clemson on Jan. 11.

According to Ramondo North, Clemson and North Carolina are recruiting his son hardest.

During the recent NCAA contact period, North was visited by Clemson, Florida, Miami, North Carolina and Tennessee. At this point, though, it appears to be a three-team race.

New Vols coach Butch Jones stopped by last week.

"I think that was last Wednesday," Ramondo North said. "He was the first head coach to come to the house. That went great. The thing is, the only thing I don't like about Tennessee is that MarQuez doesn't know anybody. I told Jones, 'I don't know anything about you.' I only know [Vols assistant Jay] Graham. We have to go back there, I have to take him back so he can meet the coaches. What he likes about Tennessee is that he can play. He also likes the law school there."

Originally, North planned to announce at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl on Jan. 5.

"I don't think he'll do that now," Ramondo North said. "He needs more time to see what's going on."

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