Big Junior Season for Wright

Wilson (N.C.) Hunt safety Dexter Wright had a great junior season and is attracting interest from several big-time college football programs. He talks about his season, recruiting, and more.

Dexter Wright had a breakout year this fall. He played a big role in Hunt's 13-1 season.

"As a team, I think we did really well," said Wright. "We fought through a lot of stuff during the season. Unfortunately, we didn't get pass Northern Guilford again, but we still had a great season."

Individually, Wright felt good about his performance.

"I think having a one year of varsity experience coming into the season allowed me to be comfortable on the field," he said. "The coaches moved me around and set me up to make big plays. So when I got the opportunities, I did."

Not surprisingly, Wright is receiving interest from several college football programs.

"North Carolina is recruiting me the hardest," he said. "I haven't really heard anything from N.C. State lately. I've also gotten a lot of stuff from East Carolina, Florida State, Mississippi State, and UNC-Charlotte."

"Recently, I also just got my first piece of mail from Clemson and my second from Tennessee."

Wright will be visiting an in-state school soon.

"I'm still talking with my mom about when she wants to visit (North) Carolina," said 6-foot-3, 205-pound Wright. "She's going to contact the coaches to see what day is good for them."

"They've told me that they consider me one of their top junior prospects, and I think I'll get invited to their junior day."

He will likely attend a few camps this summer.

"I'm going to go to some camps over the summer," he said. "I talked to my mom last night, and she's sending me to Clemson sometime in June. I'll also probably go back to (N.C.) State. I'm still looking for other camps to go to also."

With the season over, Wright is already thinking about next fall.

"I'm just going to work on my footwork and run track to help my speed," he said. "I really just want to continue to improve on everything."

Wright could play linebacker or safety in college, but said he has no preference.

"It doesn't really matter to me," he said. "Wherever a coach wants to put me and thinks I'll succeed – I won't ask any questions."

The Hunt standout knows a lot will be asked of him next season.

"The coaches told me that they expect me to lead the team next year with a lot of seniors leaving," said Wright. "So, I have to be prepared."

"I'm not going to worry about all the pressure. I'm just going to go out and play football like I've been doing."

Wright finished the season with 89 tackles, three interceptions, five pass deflections, and two forced fumbles.

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