UNC Moves Up for Wright

During his official visit over the weekend, Marquise Wright was surprised by North Carolina.

"North Carolina is a nice place," Wright said. "It wasn't what I expected it to be. The people were great, the facilities were great, [and] Coach [Butch] Davis is a great. North Carolina had a lot of tradition about it. It's a great school."

Wright, a 6-foot-3, 260-pound defensive tackle from Paramus (N.J.) Catholic, originally verbally committed to Pittsburgh in late June. When Dave Wannstedt resigned as head coach of the Panthers in early December, Wright softened his commitment and scheduled official visits to Maryland and UNC. A week ago, he de-committed.

"I don't have a favorite, but my leaders right now are Maryland and UNC," Wright said. "Those are just two schools that I've visited and I like a lot."

Wright will take his third official trip this coming weekend – Michigan State. Beyond that, he doesn't have any other official visits scheduled yet and isn't "really" talking to any other schools about scheduling additional trips.

Wright won't make his collegiate destination known until National Signing Day.

On Friday evening, Wright arrived in Chapel Hill for his UNC official visit.

"I got to see the academic part of the school," Wright said. "I got to see the football facilities. [I got to] eat a lot which was great... I got to be around some of the players. I went around some of the coaches. I saw the dorms."

Wright's mother, aunt, and cousin accompanied him on his UNC official visit.

"My cousin and my aunt were blown away by the school," Wright said. "My mom was too. They all liked it."

Fellow defensive tackle, Jared McAdoo, served as Wright's host throughout the weekend. "[McAdoo] is a funny guy," Wright said. "No one could show me what life would be like as a D-tackle as he could. Every question I had, he answered."

During the visit, Wright was introduced to UNC's newly hired defensive line coach, Brian Baker. The two spoke for about an hour.

"He's a great guy," Wright said. "[He has] a lot of experience. He just coached in the NFL. So if I came to North Carolina, I would be getting coached by the best."

On Saturday night, Wright met individually with Butch Davis.

"[Davis] talked about the program," Wright said. "He said he's not going anywhere. He talked about his philosophy and what he's trying to do."

Davis also addressed a concern of Wright's – the fact that UNC has three defensive tackles already verbally committed.

"What I was told was one of the kids is actually going to be moved to the O-line," Wright said. "But, even so, I'm going to compete for a spot."

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