2014 Target: Dexter Wright

WILSON, N.C. --- North Carolina is one of the schools that finds itself on Dexter Wright's top three schools list. The 6-foot-3, 205-pound safety from Hunt High School made his first visit to Chapel Hill about a month ago.

Scouting Report

"He's a centerfield type of safety, but he will hit you – he doesn't shy away from contact," Hunt head coach Stevie Hinnant said. "He has a long, long frame and he certainly has a lot of time to bulk that frame up."

Prep Career

During Hunt's playoff run in 2010, Wright was promoted to varsity as a freshman. The following season, he earned a starting spot at safety.

As a junior, Wright became more of an integral and versatile piece of a defense, which helped Hunt to a 13-1 record (its only loss came to eventual champion Northern Guilford).

"I'm like the quarterback of the defense," Wright said. "I read all the sets so I know what to call in the secondary – I was calling zones and man [coverages]. And I was pointing out if there was a certain receiver that is lined up a certain way to give the play away."

"In our 4-4 scheme our outside linebacker is involved in a lot of pass coverage," Hinnant said. "And we had an opportunity to have another guy come in that we used at free safety and move Dexter around [between free safety and outside linebacker]."

On the season, Wright recorded 89 tackles (67 solo), three interceptions, one forced fumble, and five pass deflections.


Wright is hearing the most from North Carolina, NC State, and Wake Forest. Those three in-state schools also make up his early favorites list.

"Definitely Carolina, NC State, and Wake Forest are my top three right now," Wright said. "I think it's just the coaches. I like how they approach me and I just get a good vibe from them."

Wright is also hearing from Clemson, East Carolina, Mississippi State, Missouri, Tennessee, and UCLA.

During UNC's Junior Day in January, Randy Jordan, Wright's lead recruiter, discussed the prospects of a possible Tar Heel scholarship offer.

"He just told me this whole recruiting thing is a process," Wright said. "He said eventually, they will offer me, but I just have to be patient – a lot of schools have told me I have to be patient. But he also said he wanted me to come up in the summer to a camp."

Jordan also talked about how Wright fits into UNC's 4-2-5 defense.

"Really, they said my position depends on how big I get, because they said I could play anywhere," Wright said. "Carolina said they have three different safety positions and they said I could fit into any of those positions."

The junior day was Wright's first visit to UNC (it was actually his first recruiting trip overall).

"It was fun," Wright said. "I like everyone up there. All the coaches were very energetic, especially Coach [Larry] Fedora. That's what I like is a very energetic coach. And they have great facilities. I could see myself playing there – it's a very nice place."

This past Saturday, Wright attended NC State Junior Day for his second recruiting trip. He's scheduled to attend Wake Forest Junior Day in March.

Extra Notes

Wright's mother is a principal at an alternative high school. To say that she places an emphasis on education would be an understatement. When Wright received his first C in a class, his mother forced him to quit the basketball team that year… Wright has since rejoined the basketball team and is a reserve forward… Wright's cousin, Ronald Wright, played defensive back for East Carolina from 2005-07.

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