January 13, 2011

DT Wright talks recruiting

Former Pitt commit and four-star defensive tackle Marquise Wright knows he doesn't have much time to sort through the recruiting process so he is starting to make some serious decisions that could impact his future and where he ends up.

The 6-foot-3, 265-pound defensive tackle from Paramus Catholic in New Jersey has narrowed his list to five schools.

"It's Rutgers, Maryland, UNC, Miami and Michigan State," Wright said.

Wright has taken official visits to Maryland and North Carolina. He came away from his official visit to Chapel Hill this past weekend with a new favorite. The Tar Heels are going to be tough to beat.

"As of right now they're the favorite," Wright said of North Carolina, echoing his thoughts from earlier in the week. "It was just a feeling I got at the campus. It was a combination of the coaches, the players and all the other people. I'm not sure what it's going to take for another school (to overtake them), but I'll have to get that same feeling."

Michigan State and Miami will have opportunities to impress him in the next couple of weeks, as Wright plans on officially visiting those two schools on consecutive weekends.

Wright didn't know Al Golden, Miami's new coach, when he was at Temple, but he already thinks highly of him just having done a little research.

"He's a great guy," Wright said of Golden. "He's going to turn Miami around."

Wright will be taking all five official visits, as word recently broke that he will be at Rutgers soon.

"Possibly, yes," he said, confirming reports that he would take an official to Rutgers. "I still have to speak with the coaches first but I've pretty much decided I will."

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