"He's been a tremendous player for us," Patterson said. "He plays hard every snap. He's got great quickness, and he's strong. But the No. 1 thing is he plays hard."
Wright became a sought-after player after his performance for NEO, which has gone 21-3 over the past two seasons, winning its conference, and finishing as the No. 2-ranked juco team both years. Wright tripped to Texas A&M, Missouri and Washington State, as well as Colorado, and had offers from Tulsa and Arizona State too.
"I know he just felt comfortable out there (on his trip to Boulder)," Patterson said. "That was a big thing for him, going where he felt comfortable. And he liked Coach (Chris) Wilson. Coach Wilson is a great guy."
Wilson was a GA at NEO in the mid-‘90s. He's helped bring defensive linemen DeAndre Fluellen and McKenzie Tilmon to CU from NEO over the past few years. Other players who've made an impact in Division I after playing at the Oklahoma junior college include Jeremy Shockey and Josh Scobey. Oklahoma State sported four starters from NEO last season, and the Big 12 Offensive Newcomer of the Year, Kansas center Joe Vaughn, is an NEO alum.
Patterson said he thought Wright was 6-foot-3 and played between 250 and 255 this past season, and said that Wright runs a consistent 4.6 40.
He wasn't positive, but Patterson thought Wright led NEO in sacks last year.
"He's just very disruptive," Patterson said. "He definitely plays on the other side of the line of scrimmage."
And the fact that Wright finished his juco degree in a year and a half speaks to his character, Patterson said.
"He's a great young man," he said. "He's very conscientious about his studies. He took 10 hours last summer and he's an A and B student. He's not a big party guy; he's a good guy that takes care of his business, a guy you enjoy being around."
At NEO, Wright played beside another coveted recruit, defensive tackle Remi Ayodele. Ayodele, who visited Boulder Dec. 12, is reportedly choosing between Colorado, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State.
Patterson confirmed that Ayodele will spend the weekend at his mother's home, get her advice, and come up with a decision. Ayodele's older brother, Akin, went to NEO before playing at Purdue. He had 115 tackles for the Jacksonville Jaguars this past season as an outside linebacker.
"This is a family very versed in recruiting," Patterson said. "Mom knows what she's doing. A lot of the games that go with recruiting don't work with this family. They've seen it all and been through it all. And she's a very strong woman. Hopefully, they'll have a decision made by this weekend."
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