Fresh off a Big Ten Championship season, Michigan State is looking to build on that success for years to come. In order to keep that momentum going, recruiting must yield championship-caliber additions to the future roster, and over the weekend the Spartans hosted several quality prospects that could contribute to more conference championships and beyond.
Paramus (N.J.) Catholic four-star defensive tackle Marquise Wright was one of the prospects in town over the weekend, and the Spartans would love to add him to an improving defense line.
SpartanMag.com caught up with Wright (6-3, 265) on Sunday night and he shared his thoughts about his latest official visit. He's also taken official visits to Maryland and North Carolina.
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"It went good. I had fun. I enjoyed myself. The coaching staff was great. The facilities were great. The people were great. I had a good time," said Wright, whom Rivals.com ranks the No. 6 defensive tackle and No. 69 prospect overall in the Class of 2011.
In fact, the visit went so well, Wright said it was better than his trip to Chapel Hill, N.C., where he visited the Tar Heels last weekend. He left that visit proclaiming UNC as the school to beat for his services. But a lot has changed in a week.
"I don't know, it's hard to exactly explain," Wright said why his stop in East Lansing was better than Chapel Hill. "I mean, it's just that I felt more comfortable being there than I did at UNC. And UNC I obviously felt very comfortable being there, so it was close."
Wright also indicated UNC is no longer recruiting him. Apparently the Tar Heels are full at his position.
Speaking more about his visit to MSU, Wright said the Spartans' top defensive lineman, Jerel Worthy, served as his player-host.
"He was cool. I liked him a lot. He just showed me a good time. He spoke to me a lot. I asked him some personal stuff about him, and he was pretty straight-forward with me about everything," Wright said.
Wright can picture himself playing alongside and learning from Worthy.
"Oh, without a doubt," he said.
And that's a dream scenario that could become a reality for defensive line coach Ted Gill and the rest of the MSU staff. Wright indicated that he spent a lot time talking with Gill.
"I talked to Coach Gill the most. We just talked about D-line play and stuff like that. He thinks I'm a good player, and if I'm physically able, I can play early," Wright shared.
Next up for Wright could be more official visits, although nothing is set in stone. Despite his Rivals.com profile indicating visits to Miami-FL and Rutgers the next two weekends, Wright said everything is up in the air at the moment.
"I'm still trying to figure that out. I honestly can't give you any schools. I don't know yet," he said of visits.
As for his decision timeline, Wright said, "I honestly can't give you a set time when I'm going to commit anywhere. I might just wait until signing day, so we'll see."