Two-Deep Breakdown: DE Marvin Booker

Spring camp is over and the Rutgers football team is back on campus for summer classes and workouts. Coming out of the spring, is here to individually break down every expected member of the summer two-deep. Today, we continue momentum toward camp with a look at defensive end Marvin Booker.

Taking an in-depth, individual look at the key members of the roster, today looks at senior Marvin Booker, who checks in as a second-team defensive end.

Past Experience — Booker has flirted with the two-deep for the last two seasons, but a combination of injuries and inconsistent performance prevented him from making a major impact. He played in just four games because of a knee injury last season, but made one start. As a sophomore linebacker, Booker played in the first two games of his career.

As a Recruit — Booker committed to Rutgers as a two-star weakside linebacker in 2008 with Temple being the only other school to show major interest. Booker's commitment came in the summer before his senior year from nearby Piscataway Township High. He was the No. 70 outside linebacker in the class.

Spring Performance — Booker continues to better himself as a defensive end after his move from outside linebacker. Considered by former coach Greg Schiano as a natural fit for the R position, he impressed coach Kyle Flood with a solid spring.

Booker performed to the point where Flood said he could see him competing with starter Ka'Lial Glaud for the top position.

Does Well — Booker has all of the speed and instincts needed to excel at the R position within the Robb Smith system. With a linebacker mentality, Booker is a solid speed rusher and competent when dropping into coverage, as occasionally happens at the R position.

Booker was initially recruited because of his athleticism as a linebacker and, moving up one tier, that athleticism becomes even more pronounced.

Needs to Improve — The flipside of Booker's athleticism is his size and strength. Somewhat questionable at linebacker, it becomes more of a concern when facing off against tackles on a play-by-play basis.

Booker has packed on 45 pounds of mass since he was a star senior at Piscataway, but 240 pounds is still on the light side for a college defensive end.

Long-Term Outlook — Booker is a fifth-year senior looking to finally make a splash for the Scarlet Knights. Piscataway has not seen a local product step up for Rutgers since Anthony Davis in 2008. Though Booker does not project to have that significant of an impact, he has the tools to be a key player in the defensive-line rotation.

Here is the latest interview with Booker.

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