Wright Focused on Season

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Phoebus (Hampton, VA) linebacker recruit Matt Wright has helped his team to a 2-0 start in 2005. Playing defensive end as well as linebacker, the 6-2, 215-pound star estimates that he has racked up close to 20 tackles including seven tackles-for-loss and three sacks. He has added a forced fumble as well. At this point, Wright is concentrating more on his senior season than his college decision.

“I’m trying to focus on this team, because I think we really need it,” Wright said. “I have to be there for the team. I’m not focused on colleges right now.”

Which schools have had the most contact with Wright this month?

“I’m talking to a lot of schools,” Wright said. “I’ve heard from UNC, UVa, Virginia Tech, Michigan State, South Carolina, West Virginia, Maryland, and there are some others.”

Wright has taken several unofficial visits to games, both involving Virginia Tech.

“I’ve checked out a few Virginia Tech games,” Wright said. He attended the VT at N.C. State game and the Ohio game last weekend. “Actually, the N.C. State game was my unofficial visit to N.C. State, actually. They showed me great hospitality. I stood on both sides before the game and watched Virginia Tech and N.C. State warm up. My family was thrilled to be able to go.”

Recruiting isn’t in the forefront of Wright’s mind, but he does have a good idea of which schools he wants to official visit. Asked if he had any favorites, he said “not really.”

“Virginia Tech, N.C. State and Michigan State,” Wright replied when asked if he knew any schools he wanted to officially visit. “I’m thinking about the final two among UNC, Maryland, South Carolina and UVa.”

Consistent play…

Wright gave his own assessment of his play this year.

“Playing linebacker is coming naturally to me now,” Wright said. “I’m not thinking twice anymore. I am still playing linebacker, but I’m playing defensive end more because my team needs an extra boost off the edge. I’m playing with a lot of consistency.

“I’m not satisfied with my play. I am happy with the consistency.”