June 4, 2013

Wright Lands Tar Heel Offer

There will always be those guys that go under the radar, before they are realized and start to stand out as a player a team has to have.

Dexter Wright is that one of those guys, as he competed this past weekend at the Shrine Combine in Washington, NC. After his skills were on display though, an offer came Wright's way that he has been waiting for.

North Carolina has had interest in the 6'3", 205 pound linebacker from Hunt high school in the past, but TarheelIllustrated learned and confirmed that UNC had extended an offer to Wright.

When asked to confirm the offer from UNC, Wright had this to say.

"Yes sir," Wright said. "It feels great. I always thought they would be the first team to offer me. I have been waiting a while but I'm just glad have so I can stop waiting."

"Coach Randy Jordan has been recruiting me. I called them (UNC) today and that I needed to call Carolina, to see where they were in offering me. Then I called them later today and talked to the defensive coordinator and he was the one that told me that I received an offer from them."

"He told me that they were really interested and they wanted me to come to Carolina because I was a good fit in how they run their defense. They told me pretty much that they really wanted me there."

Wright has been to UNC quite a few times in the past, with the latest being during the Spring Game, right before he attended the Rivals Series Camp in Charlotte. There is no doubt that UNC has been a high interest for Wright, as he was able to explain in his opinion about North Carolina.

"I really like UNC," Wright replied. "I love the atmosphere there with all their fans and I love the coaches. I had some family that attended Carolina, so I grew up a Carolina fan. To actually have the opportunity to go there, it is a great feeling."

Wright has always thought of himself as a very good player, but he is happy to see that his hard work is finally paying off. While in Charlotte earlier this year, Wright was only receiving some interest from different schools, including North Carolina.

Now, his hard work has paid off, now having offers from East Carolina and North Carolina, but also receiving interest in N.C. State, Missouri, Mississippi State, and Florida State.

One reason might be his display of athletic ability and speed on the field, which he was able to display this past weekend against some of the better players in North Carolina for the class of 2014.

Saturday, while in Washington, Wright was able to run a 4.39 and a 4.31 in his 40 time, something that Wright has worked on hard throughout the past season and offseason.

"I realize that I got a lot faster (when asked about what he learned at the Shrine Combine). After I ran the 40 and I heard the time, I was kind of in shock as I asked myself "I did ran that?" because the last time I ran the 40, it was in a camp in my sophomore year and I ran a 4.7 or 4.8, so I have come a long way."

Wright mentioned that he did compete in track this year, which has really helped him with his technique, speed, and strength in his legs. But Wright still is working on his other abilities, as he has been trying to make the transition to linebacker.

"I definitely have tried to get stronger as I knew my legs were always strong, but bench was always kind of low for a linebacker position, so I really have been working on that," Wright replied. "I actually have been working out with Lewis Neal, going to LSU and he has been giving me a lot of advice."

One might think the transition might be hard, but North Carolina has been in contact with Wright, describing what they would be looking in his versatility and athletic ability. Wright played safety and was more comfortable at that position early in high school.

Now, Wright has been looked at the linebacker position, but he has been able to take what he has learned so far and transitioned well in the middle of the field.

"When I talked to the defensive coordinator, they said that I would be playing the "ram" position, which is just a bigger free safety that plays closer to the line," Wright said. "So I will be playing the linebacker and safety position, which I am comfortable in doing that, since I have a lot of versatility."

"I don't think I have had to work on a lot with me playing safety. All I have had to do is come up and makes tackles instead of playing deep. But you could say I have been trying to work on covering the flats a little bit more because I haven't been doing that as much."

Right now, Wright is planning to attend a couple of camps before the season starts, as he is heading to N.C. State June 20 and also looking to attend camps at UNC, Wake Forest, Duke, and possibly Clemson, the only out of state school he plans on attending.

Wright also mentioned that he might want head to East Carolina and visit their campus since he lives only a couple of minutes away and he would like to meet the coaches and see what East Carolina is all about.

However, the timetable for his decision is sooner than one might think, as Wright is planning told THI that he will probably be making his decision before the season starts or a few games into the season.

When finally asked who might be leading for his talent, Wright was able to mention that UNC is at the top of his list, but no one is truly leading at this point.

"I don't want to say anyone is leading right now. I do have some top schools, as North Carolina is one of those schools as of right now, as they were one of the schools I had a lot of interest in them before the offer, so I would have to say they are at the top."

Either way, Wright is looking to make his decision soon and whoever can nab his talent, certainly will have some speed and athleticism at the linebacker position.

Even though Wright is a three star prospect, he certainly will be a player to keep an eye on at Hunt High School, as he they will be trying to make the State championship again and leave his high school career on a high note.

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