'NC State Is A Great Place To Play Football'

Pack Pride catches up with LB Matt Wright after his recent visit to NC State.

Wright, a three-star prospect from Phoebus High School in Hampton, Virginia, was in Raleigh for NC State's season opener against Virginia Tech.

"It was an unofficial visit and a great trip," Matt Wright said. "I went with my family up there, as you know my brother plays for Virginia Tech, but it was for me to visit NC State. I sat with the recruits during the game.

"NC State is a great place to play football. With me being a defensive player, I think that's probably one of the top teams for me right now. If you saw that defensive performance... the show they put on was awesome.

Wright said he wasn't surprised to see NC State hold a high-powered Virginia Tech offense, led by Marcus Vick, to 232 yards of total offense.

"I wasn't surprised that they stopped Vick a lot because I know NC State still had the No. 1 front seven in the nation with Manny Lawson and Mario Williams. They can play."

Wright also spoke with his recruiting coach prior to the contest.

"I talked with coach Manny Diaz," he said. "We have a good relationship, and I'm real close with him. He's a great guy."

As it stands, Wright is looking to take one more unofficial visit before starting to take his five allotted official trips.

"I'm thinking about taking an unofficial to the Maryland-Clemson game next week at Maryland," he said. "That's about it for unofficials. I'm trying to take an official to Michigan State when they play Michigan. I'll take an official that weekend."

"I think I'm going to take my official visits to [NC] State, [Virginia] Tech, Michigan State and either UNC or Maryland," he added. "The last visit I want to use to see a school I like that's far away. I haven't decided on that one yet though."

As for favorites, Wright appears to be keeping those quiet.

"I have two teams out front, but I kind of want to keep those to myself for now," he said. "I just like the atmosphere at those places. The fans are great and both seem like colleges that I can do well at as a player and a student."

Wright's brother, D.J. Parker, is a starting safety for the Hokies. Some believe it will be tough to sign Wright away from Virginia Tech, who has offered a scholarship, because of his relationship with his brother. Is that going to be the case?

"No, it wouldn't be hard because I'm going to go where I want to go," Wright said. "Of course it would be easier on my family, but I need to go to the college that is the best for me. It's going to be my decision and that's how I'm approaching it."

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