Rutgers Increases Interest in Four-star

For a long time Rutgers fans wondered if the Scarlet Knights would recruit four-star defensive tackle Marquise Wright of Paramus (N.J.) Catholic High. Well, with less than a month to signing day, the Scarlet Knights are, indeed, increasing their efforts on Wright. But, is it too late? Wright spoke to about the situation, and what he things of Rutgers.

Rutgers has increased its recruitment of Paramus (N.J.) Catholic four-star defensive tackle Marquise Wright, so much so Scarlet Knights coach Greg Schiano is planning to visit the 6-foot-3, 260-pound later this month.

Wright recently de-committed from Pittsburgh, and his recruitment by Rutgers was slow for a long time.

However, when former Panthers assistant coach Jeff Hafley joined the Scarlet Knights staff last month, things changed with Wright's recruitment as it pertains to Rutgers.

"I am speaking with Rutgers now. As of right now, it's just coach Hafley," Wright said. "Schiano is supposed to come see me at the school (next week). Honestly, I've always been a big Rutgers fan. I'm a jersey boy."

Wright, who visited North Carolina over the weekend, has been to Rutgers' campus frequently. He also attended junior day last year, and is in the process of setting up a visit to Rutgers, for either Jan. 21 or Jan. 28.

"I was there for junior day and I've been there for games, and I pretty much made it clear to them that this is the place I wanted to be at" Wright said. "It's weird how things are happening now. It was junior day.

"I've been to Rutgers a lot of times, and I went to junior day and spoke to everyone. I've probably been to four games. I thought Rutgers was where I was going to wind up."

Wright previously visited Maryland and will be at Michigan State this coming weekend. "It was great," Wright said of his UNC visit. "It wasn't what I expected it to be. It's a beautiful campus, the people are great, and the facilities are great."

Wright was set to visit Miami later this month, but that is now in question with Rutgers' interest increasing.

Right now Wright is being recruited to play defensive tackle, but schools have also talked to him about playing offensive line. He played on both sides this season.

"I was told I would have more success as a offensive line, but I really like playing defensive line," Wright said. "It's more aggressive. Offensive line is too relaxed. I don't feel the aggression."

Wright said he is no longer considering Pittsburgh, but did develop a strong relationship with Rutgers' latest commit, Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, N.J.) quarterback Gary Nova. Both were among the large contingent of players to de-commit from the Panthers after Dave Wannstedt was fired.

"It's difficult, mainly because the class we had, it was awesome," Wright said. "Everyone was so cool. We communicated on a daily basis. He's one of my main rivals, and I really didn't like him too much, but getting to know him through this, Gary's one of my best boys now.

"It's a little disheartening, but everything happens for a reason. I developed a strong relationship with the fans, and I was talking to Pitt fans on a daily basis. When this all happened, they wanted me to stay, but I don't feel like it would do me justice to stay there."

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