January 26, 2011

Narduzzi, Gill to pay in-home visit to Jersey DT

Four-star defensive tackle propsect Marquise Wright does not appear to be closer today in making a decision between Michigan State and Rutgers, according to a SpartanMag.com interview on Wednesday with Wright's high school head coach at Paramus (N.J.) Catholic, Chris Partridge.

"Marquise has final exams this week, and he is trying to devote time to that, while all of these other things are going on," Partrdige said. "I don't think there will be a decision in the next day or so while he is doing exams. I think a decision could come this weekend."

The 6-foot-3, 285-pound Wright is ranked the No. 2 player in New Jersey, the No. 14 defensive tackle in the nation, and the No. 6 uncommitted DT in the country, according to Rivals.com. Wright has taken official visits to North Carolina and Maryland, but those two schools are no longer under consideration.

Partridge said Wright had an in-home visit with coaches from the University of Miami on Monday. The Hurricanes hoped to attract Wright for an official visit this weekend. But Partridge said Wright told Miami that he would not be visiting their school this weekend.

"He enjoyed the visit to Rutgers and the people that were there," Partridge said. "A lot of the players that he knew when he committed to Pittsburgh went on that trip to Rutgers, and with it being so close to home there is a lot of peer pressure to go to Rutgers. So Marquise is weighing everything."

Partridge said Michigan State defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi and defensive line coach Ted Gill will pay an in-home visit to Wright tonight. They will likely try to keep the visit brief, but effective, as Wright prepares for final exams, and also one of the biggest decisions thus far in his young life.

Partridge said Wright's mother is advising Wright in the decision.

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