As the end of the fall semester approaches, Marsette is in the clear. He recently received his SAT scores and they met Ash’s standards for a Rutgers scholarship, Marsette said.
“My SAT scores were good,” he said. “Academically, I passed everything. So we all set. I stepped up to the plate. I did what I had to do. So as far as the academic stand part, I passed that. I’m able to get the scholarship.”
Marsette said he communicates with the Rutgers staff everyday, and he remains a priority in the class of 2017.
The 6-foot-2, 160-pounder appeared on Rutgers’ radar in the summer. It continues to be school he hears from the most.
“Mainly it’s just been Rutgers recruiting me,” said Marsette, who gained interest from Illinois and Temple since his senior season began. “They’ve been recruiting me hard. I’ve been going out there. I went to a couple of practices. It’s just been Rutgers only, so that’s exactly how it’s going — just Rutgers.”
As a practice visitor, Marsette saw what life would be like under Ash.
“He’s very energetic,” Marsette said. “(Ash) practices with his guys. He coaches them up. He gets them fired up. I like the energy that he brings to the team. He just keeps them working. He works constantly, day in and day out. I just like that about it.”
Marsette said he plans to make his next trip to Piscataway when his high school season comes to an end. The tentative official visit is set to take place in mid-December.
Until then, Rutgers has two games left on its schedule against Penn State and at Maryland. The Scarlet Knights (2-8, 0-7) are in the midst of a seven-game skid that features three shutouts.
But the rebuild doesn’t alter Marsette’s mindset.
“Rebuild the team,” he said. “Next year, everybody just fight. Everybody just fight to become the best. We look for them to go from (down) here to (up) here. … Just exceed that level, just keep on pushing — everybody working with each other and pushing each other to become better. That’s what I expect.”