He's the Wright One

At 6-foot-6 and 305 pounds, Manuel Wright is one of the nation's top defensive tackle prospects. The Long Beach (Poly) standout provides a recruiting update recruiting in this interview. He names his two favorites right now, talks about his visit list, and talks indepthly about the Miami Hurricanes. All of that is contained in this exclusive interview.

Wright is an absolute physical freak of nature. On tape, he's outstanding. He's huge, and never stops chasing the football. He blows up all running plays, and has the speed and quickness to get upfield and after the quarterback. His quickness is rare for someone his size, and his passion for the game is awesome. At the USC summer camp, Wright was 6-foot-6 and weighed in at 305 pounds. Amazingly, he ripped off an amazing 4.70 on grass, which beat most of the linebackers and several of the defensive backs. On track, he's a 4.65 kid. That type of size/speed combo is extremely rare and when you put it on a kid that has so many tools and such a strong passion for the game, you have an elite prospect. That's Wright, who has 20 tackles and three sacks through two games this season. Inside the classroom, Wright carries a 2.8 core GPA and is taking the test on Oct 13. In addition, I love Wright's attitude. He's as confident a kid that I've talked to all year and seems ready to welcome competition as much as any kid I've talked to all year.

Which schools have been calling you this month: Florida State, Miami, Florida, SC, and Washington.

Have they all sent you scholarship offers: Yes sir. All of them, pretty much the entire Top 25 and several others.

If signing day were tomorrow, what's it looking like: I like SC and Florida State the most right now. They're my leaders at this time.

Have you scheduled any visits yet: Not yet, but I look to visit Washington, Miami, Florida, and Florida State. I probably won't visit SC because I know the campus so well. I might go down to Oklahoma, too.

Talk about the college football season: SC's been chokin a little. I was disappointed in Florida State's loss, but it didn't bother me a whole lot. Miami's the best team right now.

Talk about Miami: Everything's cool. I just have to get to know the coaches. I have never met any of them.

Personally, it sounds like it'll be difficult to get Wright out of Southern Cal's hands, but if that happens, then I like our chances more and more. Wright said he lives about an hour away from Pasadena and that he'll make his decision after the Rose Bowl, so it'll be interesting to see how much of a factor that will be, especially if the Canes play in that game. As was the case with getting DJ Williams and Kellen Winslow from California in recent years, the official visit will be extremely important. Stay tuned.

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