'NC State's My Favorite'

Lackawanna (Pa.) Junior College defensive end Littleton Wright had a terrific sophomore season, and now his recruitment is starting to take shape.

"We didn't have a strong season, but I did good," Littleton Wright said. "I led the league in sacks with 9.5, and I had a lot of tackles too."

A Second-Team Preseason Junior College All-American, Wright also impressed his head coach, Mark Duda, with his play.

"Littleton is the best right defensive end to play for me," Duda said. "He is the prototype right defensive end, he's fast, and agile.

"I see this kid as being like the Kiwanuka kid from Boston College. He has those long arms and good reach. Once he gets on a conditioning program and adds weight I think he'll be an NFL caliber player."

The 'Kiwanuka kid' that coach Duda refers to is Boston College star defensive end Mathias Kiwanuka, a defensive terror who was named the Big East 2004 Defensive Player of the Year and is a future first-round NFL draft pick.

Wright is an oustanding pass rusher who is blessed with great physical attributes. At 6'7 and 250 pounds, he's posted a 4.7-second 40-yard dash. He'll have three years to play two seasons of college football, and Wright's narrowed his list down to three schools.

"Recruiting's starting to come to an end," he said. "Right now I'm mainly interested in NC State, Missouri, and Indiana. I have a visit set up with NC State on the 14th of January, and I'll visit the other two in January too."

Does he have a leader?

"NC State's my favorite, and they lead big," Wright said. "Their defensive ends play like I do, it's close to home, they have the No. 1 defense in the nation, and I just like the school overall.

"Coach Greg Williams is recruiting me, and we talked today. He said coach Amato was excited about me, and we just talked about what all I'm going to do on the official visit."

Wright claims offers from his remaining teams and "many others," but says NC State's only verbally offered.

"They haven't put the offer in writing yet, but coach Williams talks like it's a done deal that they will."

Wright's teammate and NC State commitment Garrett Kline will join him in Raleigh on January 14th for the official visit. That weekend is shaping up to be one of the strongest recruiting weekends in the Amato era.

If NC State offers on the official visit, could the Junior College star commit to the Wolfpack?

"Oh yea, if they firm up the offer I'll probably end up going there," Wright said. "I'll probably just commit on my visit."

Notes: Wright was a highly recruited prospect out of Sussex Central High School in Georgetown, Delaware, and he originally committed to the University of West Virginia.

"I was going to West Virginia out of high school, but because of my grades I had to go JUCO," he said. "I also had offers from Boston College, Syracuse, Pittsburgh, Virginia Tech, Virginia, and Temple."

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