Phoebus (Hampton, VA) star Matt Wright has enjoyed a successful past few weeks. First, he picks up another scholarship offer and then he helped the Phantoms topple Hampton 12-6 in what is one of the best if not the best rivalries in the state of Virginia. Which is the latest school to come in with an offer for the 6-2, 215-pound linebacker prospect?
“I do have a new offer and it’s from UVa,” Wright said. “Coach [Mike] London and I had a real close relationship and I think an offer was there before he left. Once he left, it made things go a lot slower. I was at Virginia recently for the Florida State game. Coach Groh seemed impressed that I was there. I talked to Coach Rocco, my main recruiter, a few days later and he told me Coach Groh wanted to speak to me because there was some good news. Then Coach Groh told me they were offering.
“I was somewhat surprised that Virginia offered me because of the size of the linebackers they usually bring in, but I’m happy that I got an offer from UVa. It lets me know that have a lot of respect for me. I was pleased because Virginia was really the only local school that hadn’t offered me.”
Which position is Virginia recruiting Wright to play?
“They like me as an inside linebacker or an outside linebacker,” Wright said. “The coaches say I remind them of Darryl Blackstock. They are recruiting me because of my athleticism and I think if I were to go to Virginia I would play on the outside.”
Wright appreciates all of the offers he has received and believes it will be tough to narrow his list in the end. Right now, he seems pretty open.
“I’m looking at all the schools that offered me right now,” Wright said. He boasts offers from Maryland, Michigan State, N.C. State, South Carolina, Virginia, Virginia Tech and West Virginia. “I’m the type of guy that wants to weigh all my options. I don’t want to pick a school without seeing a few places first. I just want to know that whichever school I go to, it’s where my head was at.”
While he isn’t sure if he’ll take all five official visits, Wright does want to take at least a few. He has set one official already, to Michigan State on the weekend of November 19th. The remaining officials may have to come after his senior season.
Virginia Tech and Virginia…
Wright discussed what he likes about each of the two in-state powers, Virginia Tech and Virginia. His brother, D.J. Parker, plays for Virginia Tech.
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