Paramus Cath. DL talks Rutgers, recruiting

Paramus (N.J.) Catholic defensive lineman Marquise Wright already has a handful of offers from BCS schools, but is yet to get one from his home state school. However, Rutgers continues to recruit the 6-foot-3, 270-pounder, who talks about whether or not it is important to play close to home.

Paramus (N.J.) Catholic defensive lineman Marquise Wright holds a handful of offers from BCS schools along the eastern seaboard, but he admits Rutgers is a school he would really like to get one from.

"It's close to home. I want my mom to actually be able to watch me play,'' Wright said. "I've been to three of their games, I went to their Junior Day.''

The 6-foot-2, 270-pound Wright said he has offers from South Carolina, Florida State, Maryland and North Carolina. He added he should be getting offers from Penn State and Georgia shortly.

However, playing close to home is omni-present when he thinks about his impending college choice.

"My mom, I don't feel that she needs to watch me on t.v,'' Wright said. "I feel that she can come out and watch me play. It's been one of her dreams to watch me play, and I feel like if I go somewhere close to home, I can fulfill her dream. My mom supported me, so I should go where she can see me play.''

Wright does not have an offer from Rutgers yet, but the Scarlet Knights continue to recruit him and are keeping close tabs on him.

With the emphasis Wright is putting on playing close to home, could an offer from the Scarlet Knights vault them to the top of his list?

"I wouldn't say they would jump high on this list because I'm not sure what I'm going to do right now,'' Wright said, "but it would be a good thing.''

Wright plays defensive end and defensive tackle at Paramus Catholic, and schools remain undecided whether he will play inside or outside in college.

Wright has not named a leader, nor does he have a list of top schools. But he wants to follow in the footsteps of his parents and major in criminal justice, so he will look closely at the program of each school.

"I'm looking for great academics, a dominant football program, pretty much a place where I feel like I fit in and where I'll be comfortable,'' he said.

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