Wright Talks Pack Commitment

Vero Beach (FL) defensive back Dravious Wright flew under the radar, but Dave Doeren and his staff have recruited him for over two years.

Vero Beach (FL) defensive back Dravious Wright flew under the radar, but Dave Doeren and his staff have recruited him for over two years.

Doeren, who had offered Wright a scholarship while at Northern Illinois, extended an offer to him in December after taking over at NC State.

"The coaches were on me a long time," said Wright. "First it was coach Kane at Northern Illinois, and then when they went to NC State is was coach Doeren and coach McNutt.

"They like how I'm a physical player. I love to hit. I play hard and have a great passion for the game. The coaches just like the way I play the game."

The 5-foot-10, 190-pound cornerback finished his senior season with 68 tackles, four pass breakups and two forced fumbles. Wright, who didn't play football as a sophomore, was a second-team all-state selection as a junior when he totaled 71 tackles (7.1 per game), two interceptions and a fumble recovery.

He held offers from Northern Illinois, NC State, Middle Tennessee State, Ohio, and Troy among others, and had already taken an official visit to NIU prior to his NC State trip. Wright, was joined on both trips by teammate Sean Paul, who also picked the Pack after their mid-January official visit.

What did Wright think of NC State?

"It was great," he said. "The first day I got there we had a great set up. They were showing us around, and we knew coach Doeren and coach McNutt already so we were comfortable.

"The big thing was the players made us feel like we were a part of the team. That stood out a lot to me, that and the family atmosphere. My player host was Jarvis Byrd... he was a nice, cool dude. He's also from Florida and he told us to make the best decision that we could make... go where we were comfortable. He showed us a great time."

Wright also was able to attend NC State's hoops win over No. 1 Duke.

"The fans were crazy," he said. "It was amazing. We know the football games have to be crazy too. The place was great. Everything was nice."

Wright, who says he projects to be a full qualifier, added that he and Paul informed the coaches that they were committing prior to leaving Raleigh.

"They were all excited," he said. "Coach McNutt was jumping around with coach Doeren. They were all happy. That made me feel good... it just made me feel even better about my decision because I know they really want me to go there."

For Wright, the decision was an easy one. Not only would he be playing college football at an ACC school, but he would be doing it with the cornerback he has lined up on the same field with since Pop Warner, Sean Paul.

"Having Sean commit too, that was big," said Wright. "It's great to start over something new at a higher level with him. We've played together since little league football, Pop Warner, and we talked about playing together in college.

"I can't wait."

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