More in depth with Thompson

Marcus Thompson is one of the latest Rutgers commitments. Rutgers was able to out-duel West Virginia as well as Florida State for his services. At 6'1 227lbs, Marcus is an athletic specimen with the ability to run the football as well as play linebacker.His speed, strength and versatility make him an imposing figure on the gridiron.

SOR was able to catch up with him again for a more in depth look at what he hopes to bring to the Scarlet Knights.

"I'm happy about my commitment. I really like the atmosphere and the staff. I think I will fit in well with the program. More than anything, I wanted to get away from home. Rutgers was a real good experience because it was something new and fresh. This was my first time in New Jersey and I liked how the people are. I'm happy I got to really ball out especially in the 7-on-7's in camp. I think that's what got me the offer. I played both sides of the ball and was able to show that I can do a lot of different things. Once I got the offer, I was ready to commit" said Marcus Thompson.

He continued, "I feel real comfortable at Rutgers. I consider myself a power- runner and a big hitter. Actually, I'm a real hard hitter. (On offense), I'm a power back who likes running people over. I am being recruited as a linebacker but was told that I can play whatever I want. I just told the coaching staff that I am willing to play wherever I can help the team most. That will most likely be at linebacker."

This past season, while playing for South Plantation HS (FL), Marcus claims to have averaged over 150 rushing yards per game although playing within one of the toughest conferences in Florida. Thompson also claims to have rushed for over 100 yards on only 3 carries against conglomerate St. Thomas Aquinas (FL) before becoming injured in that game. Although he played mostly offense last season, Marcus stepped in at defensive end whenever his team had a need there and was able to produce momentum sparking plays. Marcus is transferring over to Boyd Anderson HS (FL) this upcoming season where he plans to play both ways at the running back and linebacker positions.

As for expectations for playing time, he stated. "I wanna get as much playing time as possible. As long as I'm on the field, I am making plays. I never want to sit down." When asked if he expects to see playing time as a true freshman, he answered, "yes". Marcus plans to major in criminal justice.

As for what specifically sold Marcus on Rutgers as opposed to all of the other schools recruiting him, he said, "It's a family thing at Rutgers. It's not just about football. It's about taking care of one another. I like that family vibe and can't wait to be a part of it. I believe in it and think that as long as we keep it going we can do something special." SOR will keep you posted.

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