Rutgers has ebbed under Greg Schiano after a surge to the top of the Big East behind the efforts of Ray Rice, but the Scarlet Knights are making recruiting headway again, this time by securing the commitment of New Jersey defensive tackle Marquise Wright.
Our Rutgers blog, On the Banks, likes Wright's potential a lot, but isn't against switching his position:
Wright had a productive senior season, is highly-rated and has a lot of offers, and Rutgers doesn't have a lot returning up front. On the other hand, Rutgers did not initially offer Wright, not getting involved in his recruitment until several weeks ago. Many similar DTs have not panned out here, as Greg Schiano's defenses usually emphasize speed, agility, and athleticism even for interior linemen.
Taking that into account, and the team's need for offensive linemen in the recruiting class (having only Keith Lumpkin and JUCO Dallas Hendrikson on board), Wright would make a lot of sense moving to guard. Good defensive tackles are hard to find, but one reason that is the case is because they have an extremely high bust rate. Switching defensive linemen to offense is fairly common (read up on Jimmy Johnson's Miami teams some time), and that seems like a reasonable assumption here.
For more on Wright and the rest of Rutgers' recruiting class, including Savon Huggins, join the discussion at On the Banks. Our National Signing Day schedule has the full slate of high-profile announcements.