Wright: "It Was A Difficult Decision"

Wilson (NC) Hunt safety Dexter Wright knew he was going to have to make a tough decision as soon as he picked up scholarship offers from North Carolina and NC State.

Wilson (NC) Hunt safety Dexter Wright knew he was going to have to make a tough decision as soon as he picked up scholarship offers from North Carolina and NC State.

Wright, who openly admits that he grew up a big North Carolina basketball fan, actually received an offer from the Tar Heels before the Wolfpack and was on UNC's campus over the weekend for Larry Fedora's "Freak Show."

However, that didn't prevent him from choosing to go where he ultimately felt the most comfortable: NC State.

"It was a difficult decision," said Wright. "I was a fan of [North] Carolina, but I've been thinking that I needed to go where I felt the happiest, the most comfortable, and where I can have the most success.

"I wanted to go where it was family-oriented and a great environment. I'm not saying that wasn't it with UNC's coaches, but I felt more at home with the NC State coaches."

Dave Doeren and his staff targeted Wright early on and had him on campus for multiple visits even before offering him a scholarship.

"It's just fun hanging around all the coaches," Wright said. "They are creative and have a lot of energy and are out there just having fun."

Wright landed his offer from NC State a couple of weeks ago while on an unofficial visit, but he still wanted to attend camp in Raleigh. He wanted that chance to work with the coaches, particularly safeties coach Clayton White.

"I got to see what kind of a coach he is and how he likes things done," said Wright. "He taught me a lot of things. I feel like once I get on campus I will get better because he will teach me everything I need to know."

It was at camp where Wright really decided that he wanted to finalize his recruitment.

"I felt like I wanted to go ahead and do it," said Wright. "I knew it after I first started working out at camp. I went over to my dad at the first break and told him this was where I wanted to call home."

Now it was time to tell the coaches. Wright waited until meeting with coach Doeren after camp before informing any of the coaches of his decision.

"I don't think they expected it," he said. "Before I went in to talk with coach Doeren they kept telling me it was the place I needed to be, but I didn't tell them anything. I wanted to tell coach Doeren first and after I did that we let all the assistants know.

"They were all excited... pumped up about me being a part of the family."

What did NC State land in Wright? One of the top pure athletes in the state capable of playing safety or outside linebacker.

As a junior, the 6-foot-3, 205-pounder recorded 89 tackles (67 solo), three interceptions, one forced fumble, and five pass deflections while playing safety.

"It didn't matter to me if I was going to play free safety or outside linebacker," said Wright. "Depending on how big I get I might eventually move down anyways so it didn't matter at all."

Relieved to have his decision behind him, Wright says he will now turn his attention to recruiting for the Wolfpack.

"I'm going to try and help out the best I can. I'm going to try and show some other recruits that [NC] State is a great place to be.

"We're going to make some noise."

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