Phoebus (Hampton, VA) linebacker Matt Wright made an official visit to the University of Maryland last weekend. The trip was the first of five scheduled officials for one of the top linebackers in the state of Virginia.
“I’ve got to give it to Maryland,” said Wright, who was making his first ever visit there. “I’m not holding anything back. I’ve got to give them a 10. Before I came I thought it would be an 8 1/2 or something like that, but the academics and everything and the way Maryland came off was great. They have a bright future and a lot of young talent. I got to hang out with a lot of the guys. They were all just cool. I thought it would be tough to get to know them because that’s how it is when you first meet someone, but it wasn’t like that at all.”
Wright also enjoyed talking to the coaches.
“You can tell that Coach Friedgen is a determined coach,” Wright said. “He let me know what Maryland as a university had to offer me. Another thing is that a lot of people have questions about schools. I have to say that Maryland answered every question I had.”
Assuming he takes all of his officials, January is shaping up to be a busy month.
“I have [an official visit to] South Carolina set up for January 6th, N.C. State on January 13th, Virginia Tech on January 20th and Virginia on the 28th. I think I’m going to take all of my visits. I have to see what’s out there.”
Though Wright said “I don’t think I have any favorites or anything like that right now. I want to wait to say that after I take my visits.”, Maryland certainly impressed him.
“Maryland’s a good starting point for me,” Wright said. “It’s a great school I can compare others to.”
A standout player, Wright was one of the leaders for a Phoebus squad that went undefeated in the regular season in 2005. A team-oriented person, he played several different positions to help the team – including linebacker, defensive end and defensive tackle.
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