New Jersey Lineman Looking for Wright Fit

2011 Paramus Catholic prospect has a number of top schools showing interest in him.

As a high school football prospect nears the end of his junior year, the recruiting process that is already simmering begins to heat up. Defensive tackle Marquise Wright has found this to be true.

The Paramus Catholic (NJ) star has already received scholarship offers from some of the nation's top programs, including Oklahoma, Penn State, Georgia, Florida State, and Arkansas.

Maryland is also among the group of schools that have offered Wright, and they invited him to their junior day in February. Wright had the opportunity to talk to coaches, including defensive line coach Dave Sollazo, who gave him a heads up about the craziness that often becomes part of the recruiting process.

“Just talked about the recruiting process and how it's going to get a little hectic,” said Wright. “They pretty much told me about Maryland, and I listened.”

He also had the opportunity to see the Maryland campus and attend the Terps' basketball game against Georgia Tech.

“I thought it was pretty good,” said the 2011 prospect about his visit. “I like the atmosphere. I liked that it was surrounded by a lot of stuff. It was a good fit.”

Terrapin coaches are hoping that Wright sees Maryland as a good enough fit to be part of their defensive line for four years.

“They said that I was really explosive off the ball, and for my size I can move,” said Wright.

The 6-foot-3-inch, 260-pound lineman agreed that his speed and quickness are a major strength at his position, and he would like to join a program that utilizes these tools.

“I get off the ball fast. For my size I think I can run pretty good. I'm good at changing direction,” said Wright. “I want to be part of a program whose defensive line is constantly moving, because I always like to be rushing, stunting.”

Wright is considering other factors outside of football in his college search.

“Overall, a place I feel at home,” said Wright about what he wants from a school. “And somewhere that has a strong criminal justice department, because that's what I want to major in.”

Regardless of the school that Wright ends up choosing, he believes that he can be a positive factor wherever he goes.

“I think I can add a lot to a school. I think I can add a lot to some defense,” said Wright. “I'm very self-motivated. I feel I'm a very explosive player. I play with passion.”

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