The Rutgers coaching staff has developed a track record as good recruiters and talent evaluators with success stories with players such as Val Barnaby, Ron Girault and Devin McCourty. These players had limited interest from other division 1A programs but developed into starters. The staff might have unearthed another gem with the commitment of Marvin Booker.
The Rutgers coaching staff
has developed a track record as good recruiters and talent evaluators with
success stories with players such as Val Barnaby, Ron Girault,
Deraun Thompson, and Devin McCourty.
All of these players had limited interest or scholarship offers from other
division 1A programs but developed into solid contributors for the Rutgers football program. The staff might have unearthed
another gem with the commitment of Marvin Booker.
Booker attended the Rutgers
football camp for a day, where he primarily participated as a LB rather than a DE
– the position he played as a junior. At camp, he stated that he excelled in
the one-on-one coverage and the LB agility drills. He even lined out at WR to
display his pass catching and route running abilities. His performance was
enough to garner a scholarship offer from the Knights.
After receiving the scholarship offer from the Rutgers
coaching staff on Saturday, Booker took only 24-hours to decide Rutgers was the place where he would like to spend the
next 4 or 5 years. In the end, he selected Rutgers over written offers from Temple and New Hampshire with
strong interest from Michigan State, Purdue, Connecticut, and Iowa.
The decision was easy due to his comfort with Rutgers staff, the atmosphere, and the school's
academics. The school's proximity to home was another factor. He likes the idea
of having the opportunity to attend class, workout, see his mother, still have
the chance to mentor and be a role model for the kids in his neighborhood, and the
chance to win a national championship.
Interestingly, Booker initially did not have intentions of attending
Rutgers due to the amount of time he has spent
at the university. His mother and father attended Rutgers
as well as Booker living on campus while his mother completed her degree. However,
as he spent more time on campus as a prospect, he developed a fondness for the
school resulting in his commitment.
Booker loves the defensive scheme which will take advantage
of his ability to rush the quarterback and drop back to cover the pass. In the Rutgers
defense, he will play the R position which is the strong side outside LB with
many of the above responsibilities. As Booker states, "I am dangerous off the
edge rushing the passer. Since I worked against one of the best offensive
linemen in practice (Anthony Davis) everyday, I got a chance to improve my
For now, Booker is busy preparing for his high school season
with an eye on the state title. He is working on improving his strength, stamina,
and technique as he moves from DE to LB for his senior year. Therefore, he is spending
a lot of time in the weight room and practice field working out. He is also getting
a lot of tips from Anthony Davis along with some of the other former Piscataway players. He also intends on talking to a
number of the Scarlet Knights' recruiting targets to get them to join him on the banks of the Raritan.