DB Marcozzi Dissects Rutgers Visit

Bishop Eustace (Pennsauken, N.J.) defensive back Anthony Marcozzi made a pair of trips the last two weekends, one to a Big Ten school and the other to Rutgers. The 6-foot, 185-pound Marcozzi told ScarletReport.com about each of the visits, what Rutgers is recruiting him as, and about his future schedule.

One of the under-the-radar recruits to take in Rutgers practice Saturday was Bishop Eustace (Pennsauken, N.J.) defensive back Anthony Marcozzi, who is starting to garner interest on the recruiting circuit.

The 6-foot, 180-pound Marcozzi was at Purdue the previous weekend, and was invited to Rutgers by Scarlet Knights assistant coach Phil Galiano.

"I got a chance to meet a lot of the coaches, see the facilites and watch practice," Marcozzi said. "I talked to coach Galiano. I also talked to my position coaches and I got the opportunity to talk to coach (Greg) Schiano for a while.

"They said they see me as an athlete. And I am going to try to get up there again in the next couple weeks. I really enjoyed it. It was a great high tempo practice."

Marcozzi is close friends with Rutgers recruit Jim Cashman, an offensive lineman from Haddonfield (N.J.) High. The day included a tour of the facilities, and the chance to mingle with the coaches after practice.

"I loved it. They had great facilities and they were going hard at practice," Marcozzi said. "I talked to Schiano and he was really excited about having me and the other recruits there. I also talked to (receivers) coach (P.J.) Fleck.

"Coach Fleck said they see me as an athlete because I can play both sides of the ball. They invited me to keep coming up to practices throughout the spring. I also got the opportunity to hang out and talk to (Rutgers signee) Miles Shuler. It was a great day."

Marcozzi made 11 catches for 150 yards and had 25 tackles and nine pass break-ups as a junior. Most schools see him as a defensive back.

Rutgers wasn't the first school Marcozzi got an up-close-and-personal look at. He attended Purdue's junior day the weekend prior.

"Purdue was awesome. I loved it there," he said. "They gave us a tour of the football building and the stadium. I also got to talk to the coaches and watched practice."

During his visit to Purdue, he spoke to defensive backs coach Lou Anarumo, who recruits New Jersey. "We talked at the end and he said he liked my junior film and he wants to follow up and see some of my workouts," he said. "There was a great vibe there and the coaching staff and team were awesome."

Marcozzi, who is a very good student, has a full schedule the next few weeks.

He is attending Penn's spring game this weekend, and is also talking to Yale, Bucknell and Bowling Green. A visit to Penn State is also in the works.

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