All-American Wright Likes Miami

At 6-foot-6 and 305 pounds, Manuel Wright might be the top defensive tackle prospect in the entire country. He talks about all sorts of stuff, including last week's showdown, this week's Miami/FSU game, his favorites, his visit plans, Coach Larry Coker, and a whole lot more in this free exlusive interview with grassy.com.

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For official measurements, Wright checked in at 6-foot-6 and 303 pounds at the Southern Cal summer camp back in July. Amazingly, he ripped off a 4.78 on grass, which would make him about a 4.72 kid on turf. On the field, he's one of the best defensive tackle prospects I've seen in several years. He has over 40 tackles and eight sacks on the season. Inside the classroom, Wright carries a 3.0 GPA and will take the test on Saturday. The talented defensive lineman is being recruited by every major program in college football.

Talk about your big game last Saturday against De La Salle: Our team is young and got scared. Our younger guys got intimidated. They were looking into the crowd and everything. I tried to calm them down. I got double teamed and triple teamed most of the night and they ran away from me a lot. I'm used to that by now, though. Hopefully we can play them again in the state title game at the end of the season.

Switching to recruiting, what's it looking like: Four schools are still out in front - SC, Miami, Florida State, and Washington. I'm really not favoring any of them right now.

Talk about Southern Cal: I like Coach Pete Carroll. He's defensive minded. Their defensive line coach is recruiting me and he coached Warren Sapp at Miami.

Talk about Washington: I like Coach Neuheisel. He runs a great program and he's cool with me.

Talk about Florida State: They have a great tradition. They have a history of having good defensive linemen.

Talk about Miami: I've been a Miami fan since I was little. They always play great defense and I think I could fit in well there. Plus Warren Sapp is my favorite player.

Talk about the Miami/Florida State game this weekend: It'll be a great game. But it doesn't matter to me who wins. It won't have an effect either way on my decision. My decision will be based on other factors.

What are those factors: There are three of them. First, the school's surroundings. Second, will I like being there. And third, the coaching staff.

Have you scheduled any visits yet: I'm going to schedule my visit to Miami later this week when they call. I got the visit card (Tuesday), so I'll have that set this week. I'll also visit Washington and Florida State. I probably won't even visit SC because it's 15 minutes down the road and I've already seen the campus.

Any chance of taking another visit or two: If I take any other visits, I might go check out the Gators or Oklahoma.

Which coach from Miami is recruiting you and talk about him: The Head Coach - Coker. He's been calling and telling me how much they like me and how excited the whole staff is about me and my visit. I love his attitude. He just wants to win, and he says he always trains his players to always be No. 1, like they are now. He's coming out to see me later in the year and I can't wait to meet him in person.

Personally, I think this kid has big time written all over him. I still think it'll be difficult to get him away from Southern Cal, but Miami has a lot of things working in their favor. He's a huge Sapp fan and said he wouldn't mind following in his footsteps. He's also a huge Larry Coker fan it seems. Although he didn't expound on it, a win this weekend at FSU would likely be extremely impressive to Wright. And of course getting the visit (which is the first he will have set up) is also huge. Stay tuned for more, as this is a battle that will probably go down to the wire and be decided after four head coaches make in-home visits with him after the season.

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