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The Opening Houston Interview with Scout 100 DL Max Wright

Scout caught up with one of the most highly targeted defensive linemen in the nation at The Opening Houston.

Max Wright, a 6-foot-5, 275-pound defensive lineman from Katy (Texas) Taylor Has been on a wild recruiting ride, picking up offers from coast-to-coast, but he is settling into the swing of it all while also balancing his high school baseball schedule.

"It has been fun," Wright said. "The recruiting process is picking up. It has not been hectic, but it has been more involving you could say.

"Texas, Texas A&M, GeorgiaOhio State, Oklahoma, Alabama. I am interested in those schools. They fit in that category."

There were some rumors out there that Wright could be closing in on a final decision and ending his recruitment soon, but he is not tipping his hand in that regard at this point.

"Pretty soon I will have my cut-down list," Wright said. "I have kind of thought about it a bit. It is a rough timeline. Nothing set in stone. When it comes out it will come out. But it will be in the next couple months."

So what is he looking for in a program?

"I need to be comfortable there," Wright reported. "I do not need to go somewhere that I feel super uncomfortable and it is not for me. I want to go somewhere that I say I love it."

Wright is also looking at scheme fit as he evaluates the programs he is thinking about attending. 

"I think that I would really fit into a lot of schools," Wright said. "The 4-3 (playing) the five tech. I love rushing off the edge. There is nothing like it. I think 4-tech would work if it needed to, but I love being a five. But I could also be a two-way go 3-(tech), because we do that a lot at my school."

The Opening Houston Evaluation: He is a top rated guy so we watched him closely. He was very good in the one-on-one reps that he took. He played out at end and also at defensive tackle. That is interesting because he is exactly the type of guy who could slide around in a defensive front to create mismatches and wreak havoc in the backfield. He is quick off of the ball at 6-foot-5.5, 270 pounds and uses his hands very well.  He has all of the major regional and top schools offering. 

Wright bounced back from his ACL injury to assemble a great junior season. He recorded 70 tackles, 18 tackles for loss, nine sacks, one field-goal block, 15 quarterback hurries, and three pass breakups. He also ran 19 times for 92 yards and two touchdowns, while catching three passes for 11 yards and two more TDs.

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