Defensive Tackle Thinks Terps are All Wright

2011 DT knows very little about Maryland, however, they are one of the top schools on his list.

Daron Wright admitted that he knows very little about the University of Maryland.

The defensive tackle from Atlanta said he rarely had the chance to see the Terrapins play this fall because their schedule conflicted with his games, and he has only been in contact with the program through letters.

So it may be surprising to hear that Maryland is near the top of the list of scools for the Grady HS product.

“Maryland has been one of the schools I've been wanting to go to for a while, but I haven't really looked into it,” said Wright. “It's one of the top five schools I want to go to.”

Wright does not yet have any scholarship offers, but he said he has been in contact with several schools including Maryland, Alabama, Duke, and Georgia Tech.

“I'm really interested in Maryland and Alabama. They have football programs and the academic standards are where they are supposed to be,” Wright said. “I'm going for football, but other than that, I'm still trying to get my education at the same time.”

In choosing a school, Wright is also looking for a family-like atmosphere.

“My family is very close to me and I would like a football team and plus a school, we can be like a family,” said Wright. “Working together, working hard, trying to get somewhere in life, trying to do something good.”

Wright has also heard from schools, including Virginia and Nebraska, about attending their summer football camps.

The defensive lineman said he averaged five tackles a game in his junior season for a Grady team that went 10-2 and made it to the second round of the playoffs. Wright attributed much of his success to his speed and quickness.

“My strength, personally, is my quickness off the ball and my persistence and willing[ness] and drive and hunger to get to the ball,” Wright said. “I'm not a person that's going to stop. I want to get all the tackles.”

However, Wright would like to improve his speed and quickness in order to continue to get better.

“I'm pretty fast for my size, but I can never get too quick, so I need to work on my speed,” said the 6-foot-2-inch, 255-pound lineman. “So I know I really need to get on it this summer and get my footwork and my speed ready.”

Wright believes that he can get even better because of his great work ethic.

“I'm a hard-working player that loves football. Works hard on the field, works hard in practice. Not trying to outshine anybody, just trying to do what I can do,” said Wright. “I can be a great addition to anybody's program if they're willing to take me.”

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