Rutgers doubled down on adding Garden State natives to its defensive staff on Friday.

The Scarlet Knights named Marquise Watson, a former Paramus Catholic standout and Scarlet Knights graduate assistant, as their new defensive line coach. His hire comes after Waldwick native Joe Harasymiak was named the team’s new defensive coordinator.

Watson, 26, was most recently a senior analyst at Ole Miss and is considered one of the best young coaches in the nation and a top recruiter. The Hillside native played at Bryant and also was the Bulldogs’ defensive line coach in 2019 before joining Lane Kiffin’s staff in Oxford, where he was reunited with his former Paramus Catholic coach, Chris Partridge — who is now expected to be in line to become the Rebels’ defensive coordinator.

Watson was a GA at Rutgers under former coach Chris Ash in 2018 and also coached running backs at Amherst earlier in his career. He inherits a solid defensive line group that returns two experienced interior linemen in Mayan Ahanotu and Ifeanyi Maijeh as well as promising young nose guard Kyonte Hamilton and ends Aaron Lewis and Mohamed Toure.

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