Wright Looking Forward to Visit

When Darius Wright steps on the Arkansas State campus this weekend for his official visit he will be in a familiar place.


Wright, a 6-foot, 225-pound linebacker from Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College, is one more around 20 football players who will be making their official visit to A-State this weekend. He is one of the few who is not committed to play for the Red Wolves next season.

“I made an unofficial visit there over the summer,’’ said Wright, who hails from Irmo, South Carolina. “I really like it there. It is a nice school and town. I got to meet the coaches, coach (Brian) Early and coach (Joe) Cauthen. I met Coach Trooper (Taylor). I liked the coaches and I liked the family atmosphere.”

The Red Wolves have been working on Wright since the spring, right after the new staff arrived. They watched him on campus and have been in pursuit since.

But they are not the only ones who are interested in his talents. He visited Sun Belt member Appalachian State last weekend and has a final January weekend visit set for East Carolina.

“Those are the three schools I am considering,’’ he said. “Nebraska called with a late offer but I told them no because it was late and I was really focused on those three schools.”

Wright said Arkansas State coaches have told him there is an opening at middle linebacker and a lot of playing time available.

“They tell me that a lot,’’ he said. “I know they just lost a great linebacker. I played inside this past year but I can also play outside linebacker. It does not really matter. I just want to play.”

Wright said his parents will be with him on the visit this weekend and to the other schools. They were also with him over the summer he visited A-State.

“They liked it a lot there,’’ he said.

“Being close to home will be somewhat of a factor in my decision, but the big thing is finding the school that is the right fit for me. Academics are big. That is important and I will not play football forever.

“I want to find a good school, where the town has a lot of support, and the fans are really behind the team.”

He wound up at Hutchinson when he found out late his senior season in high school that he would not qualify. He was set to go to Youngstown State and was left scrambling at the last minute to find a junior college to play.

“After all my visits I will wait and talk with my parents and figure out where I am going to go to school. Right now it is one of those three.”