Bama Nabs Florida Linebacker

The Alabama coaching staff landed their third verbal commitment of the weekend when Dr. Phillips High School linebacker Recardo Wright made his pledge to the Crimson Tide.

"I committed to Alabama last night," said Recardo Wright from Orlando, Fla. "I am very happy with my decision. Everything was great at Alabama. The players, the coaches and the campus were all great. It was like nothing I had ever seen before."

"I am not taking anymore official visits. I am going to Alabama. I will wear the crimson and white jersey next fall. I can't wait," Wright added.

The 6-2, 215 pound athletic linebacker made an early verbal commitment to West Virginia, but admits he rushed his decision.

"West Virginia was my first official visit," Wright said. "I came off that visit really high on them. Alabama was still one of my favorite teams, and I wanted to wait to see if they offered me. They finally did. I did a lot of research on the school."

Several key aspects of Wright's weekend visit helped pave the way for the Tide as he said, "Hanging out with all the players was great. They didn't treat me like a recruit. They treated me like a teammate. I felt in my heart like I was already a part of the team. The coaches and the fans were great as well."

"We all went to the mall one night, and a lot of fans kept coming up to me asking me if I was having a good time. It's like they already knew who I was. It felt like it was my fourth or fifth trip there."

"The Alabama coaching staff wants me to come in and play will-linebacker," Wright responded when asked his future at Alabama. "I loved hanging out with all the coaches. They were great. Coach [Mike] Shula is a very nice guy. He didn't put on a show for you. He was a great guy. He has the same type of attitude during practice. That made a big impression on me."

"Coach [Chris] Ball is my recruiting coach. He is a joker. He and coach Shula have a lot of similarities. He is a very nice guy. I didn't think coach [Joe] Kines acted his age at all. He was by far the liveliest coach out there on the practice field," Wright added.

Wright recorded 135 tackles, nine sacks, five forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries and one interception. Wright added three touchdowns from turnovers.

"I had received scholarship offers from Alabama, West Virginia, Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Iowa, Ole Miss, LSU and Georgia," Wright said. "The only two schools I was considering was Alabama and West Virginia."

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