Daniel Wright (Photo by Corey Bender)

Alabama safety commitment Daniel Wright reflects on flip from Florida State, Eddie Jackson comparison and his only Tuscaloosa impression

ORLANDO, Fla. -- One of Alabama's most recent verbal commitment happens to be one enrolling next week in four-star safety Daniel Wright, who Scout caught up with during Under Armour All-America Game week.

Less than a month ago, four-star Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) Boyd Anderson defensive back Daniel Wright flipped his verbal commitment from Florida State to Alabama in a move expected by many by that time due to an official visit to Tuscaloosa in November. 

The senior and his family had never been to Alabama before that point, but it was the final piece to the puzzle in his college football recruitment.

"I can say that visit was the most impact given to me," he said. "I went up there because if gives you the ability to feel whether or not you could be there for the next four years and that's where I felt myself. Just the surroundings, from the people to the town, the city, everything that was going around, I could feel myself being there. 

"That's what really popped out the most because after engaging with the coaches and the players, that was just an add-on that made it even better. After the visit, it was on from there."

Another month or so would go by before Wright went public with the decision, something many people close to him supported including some who had long liked the Crimson Tide as well as former SEC and NFL standout Major Wright

"It was everybody's first impression, it was a big impression because I had just committed to Florida State but my family was with me from day one and they wanted me to do what's best for me," he said. "My mother, she's always been an Alabama fan, even when my brother was at Florida, so the house was crazy. At the same time she never lead me on...she told me to keep my eyes open and then when I got that opportunity I was able to see the difference between the schools towards bettering my life and 'Bama was it. 

Daniel Wright (Photo by Corey Bender)

"'Bama didn't recruit Major, then, he was kind of ecstatic when I told him. 'Man, you're doing big things.' He's proud of me but he wasn't the type of brother to influence me to go to Florida. He was the type to let me take my own steps and fall from what we build because we have to go through it ourselves." 

Wright said the Gators pushed for him and sold his legacy status, something he used more for the recruiting process itself.

"It was tough, it was probably one of the toughest things I've ever had to go through but I had my brother, I had my family and everybody just behind me on it," he said. "One thing he definitely said is that there are going to be a lot of people who will tell you anything. That's what I took most and what I learned from a lot.

"He showed me a lot, like how coaches can show you one thing and do something different at the same time. He prepared me along the way...he was there with me." 

Leaving the state after being pledged to stay in it isn't an easy task anywhere and the four-star admits there is a "deep story" detailing the FSU perspective, but he elected to spare that side of it.

"It was worthwhile," he then said with a smile. "The decision I've made is the best for me." 

Another Boyd Anderson product faced a similar decision in the class of 2013, one who is wrapping up his Alabama career as a team captain -- Eddie Jackson. Wright has heard comparisons to the NFL-bound prospect, who happens to be someone he's known for most of his football life.

"He actually watched me when I was younger playing football, so we have a connection," Wright said. "He knows what's coming that way, he's just waiting on 'Bama to get me. I'm not the type of person that's going to be a regular defender, I'm gonna be something that's more and beyond. I'm trying to get the extra work in, the extra step, the extra mile, that's really gonna be the difference between me coming to Alabama with my craft.

"I will build it into the next level."


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