Ramsey (N.J.) Don Bosco Prep's Marcellus Earlington does not only need to find the right college. Earlington is also in search of the right sport.
A standout defensive end and forward for the Ironmen, Earlington has both football and basketball options at the college level.
Temple, Boston College and Pittsburgh already offered Earlington dual-sport opportunities, he said.
“I definitely would take that into consideration,” Earlington said. “When you truly love both sports, you want to play them both at the next level. As of right now, I'm keeping football and basketball open and I'll come to a decision soon.”
Earlington said the search for the right college comes before athletics.
“I've been playing both for a while, so my recruitment has been kind of slow right now,” he said. “I'm still exploring options for both sports. I'm making sure I have options at as many colleges as possible to find the best fit.”
“(Basketball) is definitely an advantage for me because I'm usually faster than my opponents at the line of scrimmage. Basketball really gives me advantages in football with my quickness and feet. Coaches like that.”
In football, Earlington took April visits to Penn State, Rutgers and Syracuse.
“Rutgers is great,” said Earlington, who attended a junior day with teammate Kevin Brennan. “Coach (Chris) Ash and (co-defensive coordinator Bill) Busch, I talk to them a lot. I also talk to (defensive line) coach (Shane) Burnham. I visited there a month ago for junior day and they talked to my family and my brother. That went well. I'm still open. I'm not jumping to any conclusions but I definitely think there's a possibility I would (go to Rutgers). I like the new energy there and it's close to home.”
Earlington also visited Duke and North Carolina during the spring.
“I like coach (Chad) Scott, the tight ends coach, at North Carolina a lot,” Earlington said. “The weather there was beautiful, and I got to see how the players train and what they go through. I feel like I have a good image of what it would be like if I came there.”
Georgia is high on Earlington's summer visit list because of a pre-existing relationship with defensive line coach Tray Scott, who came over from North Carolina in the offseason.