Phoebus (Hampton, VA) head coach Bill Dee says Matt Wright is “capable of running a 4.5. He runs a consistent 4.6.” Wright lived up to coach Dee’s statement, as he was hand-timed at 4.6 flat in the 40-yard dash during the Tidewater combine several weeks ago. In addition, Wright, who is 6-2, 213 pounds, showed excellent strength by bench pressing 185 pounds 26 times.
Strength and speed are two of Wright’s major assets. Wright says his other strengths include “having a nose for the ball, I’m always flying around, I’m aggressive and I have a mean attitude out on the field.”
Wright was moved to linebacker at the start of his junior season last year, and Coach Dee felt that Wright progressed well throughout the year.
“He played defensive end his first two years and then we moved him to inside linebacker last year,” Dee said of Wright, who also plays tight end but is being recruited by most schools to play linebacker. “It had its moments early on, but as the year went on he became very good. I thought he was as good as anybody by the end of the year.”
Many Division 1-A schools must have felt the same way. Kent State, Marshall, Maryland, Michigan State, North Carolina, N.C. State and Virginia have offered Wright. South Carolina, USC and Virginia Tech are among the other schools showing serious interest as well.
As for a Virginia Tech offer, Wright said “[coach Cavanaugh] said everything is going all right and they have a little more stuff they have to figure out. They have a little more evaluating to do.”
Wright has visited Virginia three times and Virginia Tech at least three times. Of his trips to UVa, he said “Each time I went I felt good there. It’s a great campus and a great environment. I feel real comfortable around the players. I feel as though if I went there I would find my fit.”
Wright was asked if the fact that his brother D.J. Parker attends Virginia Tech gives the Hokies an advantage.
“Well, yeah it does,” Wright said. “But I liked Virginia Tech before my brother went there. It’s a warm environment and a warm atmosphere. It’s a great place, but I’m also trying to expand my options and look at a lot of places. I’m looking down south to Georgia and Miami. Other than them, I like UNC, Michigan State, N.C. State, Marshall. I like Virginia and West Virginia. I’ll forget to mention some schools because there are a lot of schools. I’m interested in a lot of schools.”
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