December 19, 2010

DT Wright recaps Maryland visit

Paramus (N.J.) Catholic defensive tackle Marquise Wright has seen his share of ups and downs in the recruiting process. In fact, his recruitment is shaping up to be one of the more unique cases you'll come across.

For starters, the 6-foot-3, 265-pound defensive tackle was recently committed to Pitt until he received word that head coach Dave Wannstedt would no longer be coaching the program.

Wright held firm in his commitment for a while before deciding he wanted to check out some other options.

This weekend Wright took an official visit to Maryland just as news was breaking that Maryland may have been looking for a way to make some coaching changes as well.

"I'm on the way home now. I did make the visit," Wright said on Sunday afternoon. "It's a nice school. The criminal justice program is very good. They've got a pretty good football program.

"I got a chance to tour the campus and I got to see everything I wanted to see. I actually got to explore D.C., too. It was good. Overall I liked the visit. Academically it's one of the best schools in the country for my major.

"I'm just a little wary about the situation with coach (Ralph) Friedgen," Wright admitted. "It's a little sad but it happens."

When asked whether he would still consider Maryland even if Friedgen is no longer the coach Wright shared his thoughts.

"It really depends on who stays and who goes," he said, adding he wanted to make sure assistant coach Dave Sollazzo would remain on the staff.

Wright said he will probably take an official visit to North Carolina on January 7. He may take an official to Pitt, though he has to talk that over with his family, and he would like to schedule trips to Michigan State and Miami.

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