At 6-3, 205 pounds Wilson Hunt's Dexter Wright turned quite a few heads after his two attempts at the 40-yard dash this past Saturday during the Shrine Bowl Combine held at Washington High School. After a blazing 4.39-second effort on his first attempt, Wright bested that with a 4.31-second run on his second try. The result even caught Wright by surprise.
"It was really surprising to me because I think the last time I ran a 40-yard dash it was like 4.6 or 4.7. So I knew I wanted to come out here and get at least a 4.5 so I did a lot better than that."
After spending much of his high school career at safety, Wright lined up at linebacker this past season and it's a move that he made the most of on his way to all-area and all-conference honors.
"I've always seen myself as a free safety because that's where I've played," said Wright. "But I played linebacker this year so it worked out good. Either one is fine with me but I'm starting to lean towards outside linebacker. That would be fun."
Wright updated Pack Pride on his recruiting and in addition to a couple of offers, he's seen interest from a number of other schools.
"I just got offered by East Carolina and UNC-Pembroke and I'm hearing from NC State, UNC, Wake Forest- all the North Carolina schools are showing me a lot of interest and then a couple of out-of-state schools like Florida State and Missouri."
So what are his thoughts on the Pack?
"I love NC State. That was the first school that ever started recruiting me before they had the coaching change and then I didn't hear from the for awhile. But it picked back up and I've talked to the new coaching staff.
"The coaches just told me they want someone that's going to work hard and that's what I am so I think it would be a good fit. Coach McNutt is recruiting me for State."
Wright appears to be focused on the in-state schools and a quartet of North Carolina programs comprise his top four.
"My top schools are probably Carolina, NC State, Wake Forest and ECU. I would say they're all equal right now. I don't want to lean towards one school because I don't know what might happen."
Wright added that he plans to camp this summer at NC State, UNC, Wake Forest, Duke and one out of state school.
NOTE: Wright picked up an offer from North Carolina last night.