19 in 19: DT Marquise Wright

Paramus Catholic (Paramus, N.J.) defensive tackle Marquise Wright marks the next stop in our 19 in 19 series. In the aftermath of Dave Wannstedt's firing, Wright recommitted from Pittsburgh and committed to Rutgers on the eve of National Signing Day. Now that it's all behind him, Wright is in full preparation mode for his freshman year.

Marquise Wright is used to being the one inducing fear in others. With his athleticism and size on the defensive line, 6-foot-3, 265, Wright spent his high school career at Paramus Catholic scaring the pants off opposing offenses.

Now, he feels like it's his turn.

"I'm very excited for Rutgers and a little scared," Wright said. "I'm going off to college. That's something I'm going to have to get used to saying."

After the recruiting process, started, stopped, started again and went way too long, Wright is happy to be a member of the Rutgers family, he said.

He will enroll in June among the second wave of the Class of 2011.

"I always liked Rutgers," Wright said. "I felt comfortable there. I like that it's close. They're a program on the rise. I want to be a part of that."

Wright is now focused on finishing up his senior year at Paramus Catholic. He did, however, take the time out to visit Piscataway for the spring game and left with "an excited feeling in my stomach."

"It was a good experience," Wright said. "There was a lot of competition at the d-line. It was an eye-opening experience and a lot to take in."

Unlike high school, where Wright was frequently the most dominant player on the gridiron, he will now have to start over at the bottom and fight for playing time like everyone else.

"It's not like high school," he said. "You can tell by watching every single one of those guys are D-1 players. I'm going to have to compete very hard if I even want a chance."

Wright said he had not talked about the possibility of playing offensive line and does not plan on it when he arrives in June.

But playing a specific position, he said, is not as important as getting a chance to play and getting used to college.

"My biggest concern is the challenge of balancing it all," he said. "The school-work is going to be way harder and I'm going to have to spend a ton of time studying and working out for football too."

Wright is close with incoming quarterback Gary Nova and incoming lineman Keith Lumpkin. He does not yet know his roommate.

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