Wright Expects to play Defensive Tackle

OLD BRIDGE, N.J. -- Paramus (N.J.) Catholic four-star defensive tackle will arrive at Rutgers is slightly more than a week, and he spoke to ScarletReport.com about it after his performance at the state track championships this week. Wright said no member of the Rutgers program has brought up the possibility of playing offensive line, and he added he expects to start his career at defensive tackle.

OLD BRIDGE, N.J. – A little more than a week before reporting to Rutgers, Paramus (N.J.) Catholic High's Marquise Wright is excited and anxious to get started.

He is also wondering what position he will play.

Even during the recruiting process, the 6-foot-3, 297-pound Wright was targeted as a defensive tackle, but talk of a switch to the offensive line was always an undercurrent.

"I'm hoping its d-line, but I'm really going to play wherever I get the best chance of playing early," Wright said. "It doesn't really matter to me. There's been rumors about it, but we'll see."

Wright added a member of the Rutgers coaching staff has not talked to him about playing offensive line, which is an early indicator he will begin training camp as a defensive tackle. However, if he is going to play defensive line, he wants to drop weight.

"If they want me to play offensive line, it will be somewhere around this weight," Wright said. "If they want me to play defensive line, it will probably be around 275.

"I personally think I'm a 3-technique."

Wright is also readying for summer workouts, and he knows they will be grueling, as will training camp.

"I feel like I'm in shape," he said. "I feel like I'm good enough, but every freshman gets there and it's a rude awakening, so we'll see what happens."

Wright spoke to ScarletReport.com after his seventh-place finish in the NJSIAA Meet of Champions shot put competition.

And while it is an event he has participated in since he was in sixth grade, and he enjoys it, the biggest benefit is it helps Wright's development as a football player.

"Throwing the shotput helps with your explosion," he said. "It helps get you strong, makes your hands quicker. It's something I enjoy but I don't think it's something I want to do in college. I'm more of a football fan, and I'm going to enjoy that."

For the next week, though, Wright said he is going to relax and enjoy home life. And relish the fact he is heading to Rutgers, and not out-of-state, for college.

"I think about it all the time," he said. "This whole recruiting thing was big, especially with me switching from Pittsburgh to Rutgers. I'm happy I picked Rutgers and I can't wait to start.

"(Assistant) coach (Jeff) Hafley's a great guy, coach (Greg) Schiano's a great guy. I love the man to death. I'm close to the recruiting class. I love the place, I love Jersey, and it's where I want to be."

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