Thompson set for RU visit, Jan. enrollment?

It has been more than five months since Boyd Anderson (Lauderdale Lakes, Fla.) running back/linebacker Marcus Thompson committed to Rutgers. Thompson gives an update on his feeling toward Rutgers, discusses his role on the field in college and talks about enrolling early.

Marcus Thompson's move from South Plantation High (Plantation, Fla.) to Boyd Anderson High (Lauderdale Lakes, Fla.) didn't result in more wins, but at least the Rutgers commit ended his season on a high note.

Although Boyd Anderson lost in the second round of the playoffs to finish 6-6, he capped his high school career with 151 yards rushing on 19 carries.

Thompson will be on an official visit this weekend as Rutgers hosts West Virginia in the regular season finale.

"My season was pretty decent,'' said the 6-foot-2, 220-pound Thompson. "We went 6-6 and went to the second round of the playoffs. I think I did well this year. I ran the ball more at my last school. We passed the ball a lot here.''

When Thompson arrives at Rutgers, possibly next month, he may be done running the ball altogether.

His time was limited on defense this season, but Thompson believes he will play linebacker with the Scarlet Knights.

"I was thinking about defense, but I can play both ways,'' Thompson said. "Whatever is going to be the best.''

Thompson's season is over, but his workload is not.

He is on an accelerated work program so he can graduate early and enroll at Rutgers in January, but to do so he is taking classes online as well as going to school during the day.

"It was a lot of work,'' Thompson said. "Some classes it wasn't too much, but it was pretty hard. I'm making it through it, though.''

And there is also the matter of his commitment to Rutgers, which seemingly has been in question since he announced his decision in the summer. Florida State, West Virginia and a few other schools continued to recruit him and offer a scholarships, he added, but he remains solid with the Scarlet Knights.

"Everybody keeps asking me, ‘Why Rutgers? Why Rutgers?' ‘' Thompson said. "Rutgers is a good school. I feel like it's a place where I'm going to get my education too, not just play football.''

So even as schools pressure him to go somewhere else, what is Thompson thinking?

"I really doubt that it would change,'' he said.

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