Michael Wright, Marcus' father, was reached on Tuesday night to comment on his son's commitment to the Yellow Jackets. "Marcus switched his commitment tonight from Tulsa to Georgia Tech," said Wright.
New GT offensive line coach Todd Spencer did the leg work in initiating contact with the Wrights. "He got in contact with [Reagan High Head Coach] Coach Wetzel and from there the high school's coach let us know that he wanted to talk with us," said Wright. "He wanted to set up a home visit and he came in for a home visit (Monday)."
The Wrights really took to Coach Spencer's approach. "He's a good person," said Wright on his impressions of Spencer. "He was honest with what he wanted to do and how Marcus fit into the plans."
Those plans call for Marcus to be a slot back in Coach Paul Johnson's triple option offense he's bringing with him to Atlanta.
"A lot of people say it's an old style or archaic offense, but I think it fits Marcus' skill sets pretty good," his father said. "They [Navy – under Coach Johnson] led the nation in rushing so that's what Marcus does best is run the football."
Marcus did indeed run the ball well. He totaled 3,374 yards on the ground along with 45 touchdowns. His yardage totals put him at 7th all time best for single season rushing leaders in the state of Texas. Notable and most recent name on that top 7 list was Cedric Benson at 4th with 3,526 in 1999 – only 152 yards over what Marcus accomplished this year.
One way Marcus gets it done on the field is with world class speed.
"He's been clocked at a 4.36 when he was at a Nike camp as a sophomore," said Wright. "He probably runs faster than that. That was the last time he ran it at a camp with an automatic timer. He probably can go about 4.2."
Mr. Wright mentioned that Marcus runs track as well. His events are the 100 and the 4x100 relays. He mentioned that he's been timed at 10.21 in the 100 and that the relay team was 2nd in AAU for Marcus' junior year.
Michael Wright was asked the reason to turn from Tulsa and go to GT. "Family mainly," said Wright. "We're from Georgia. We have roots in Georgia. He was born in Atlanta, Georgia."
The Wrights have been in Texas though since 2003 but now Marcus' father is retired so that makes it possible to head back to Atlanta. The decision for Marcus to say no to Tulsa wasn't an easy thing to do.
"It was very hard for him because he was committed to Tulsa," said Wright. "He liked the program. He had other offers and people interested in him – a lot of other BCS schools – but he really liked the Tulsa coaching staff. He liked the program but he had to make a decision. The Tulsa coaches kind of got upset but you know how that happens."
Marcus was an early commit for Tulsa – in fact, he was the first one to commit in this class.
"He was their first commit and he stayed committed and, like we told the Tulsa coaches, we had other offers," said Wright. "He had offers from other BCS schools here in Texas but we didn't de-commit just because it was a BCS school. Georgia Tech is where he's from and his family is still there. He can get back to Georgia and perform in front of his family."
On the subject of naming the other suitors for Marcus, his father didn't want to name those schools. "I'm not going to say which because we didn't entertain their offers."
From time-to-time, Coach David Wetzel would let the Wrights know that some other school was interested. "He'd say this particular school is interested in Marcus and we'd say ‘no we're not interested, he's committed to Tulsa,'" said Wright. "They would text or call and try to get in touch with Marcus, but he'd tell them he was committed to Tulsa."
Next in the plans for the Wrights is a trip to Atlanta this weekend for Marcus' official visit to Tech. Marcus will be accompanied by both his father and his mother. "We're flying in Thursday because we have to leave early on Saturday because he has a banquet on Sunday."