New Offer Gives Wright New Leader

Dexter Wright received a scholarship offer on Monday that has changed the landscape of his recruitment.

"I called Coach [Randy] Jordan [on Sunday] and he told me to call him [Monday] morning to see where the coaches were with me with offering or not," Wright said. "I called him [Monday] morning and I talked to him a little bit and he put me on the phone with the defensive coordinator, [Vic Koenning].

"[Koenning] told me that they really wanted me and that I fit in perfect with what they want to do on defense. And he told me that I have an offer from them. He told me that I don't need to wait too long to make a decision, because at each position there are only a certain amount of scholarships they could offer. They were just letting me know that I don't need to wait too long if Carolina is the place I want to go, because otherwise there's not going to be any scholarships left for me."

At Saturday's Shrine Bowl Combine held at Washington (N.C.) High School, Wright, a Wilson (N.C.) Hunt product, had one of the day's top performances, highlighted by two sub-4.4 40-yard dash times (4.31 and 4.39 seconds) at 6-foot-3 ½ and 205 pounds. He also clocked a 4.63-second 20-yard shuttle, broad jumped 9-foot-9, and completed 16 bench reps of 185 pounds.

While speaking with UNC's coaches on Sunday and Monday, neither cited Wright's combine performance as a reason for the offer. But Wright can't help but assume it helped his cause.

"[Jordan] didn't really say that was part of it, but he did bring it up and say that was a great time that I ran in the 40," Wright said. "And he brought up how I did at one of my track meets. But I'm pretty sure [the combine] did have something to do with it."

In track, Wright participates in the 100-meter dash, as well as the 4x100 and 4x200 relays. His personal best time in the 100 this past season was 10.95 seconds.

Although Wright has primarily played safety for Hunt, Wright says that UNC – as well as most other schools – project him as a linebacker on the collegiate level.

"They said that I would probably be playing either linebacker or the Ram position, which is just a bigger safety that plays closer to the line," Wright said. "I am comfortable in doing either, because I played close to the line later in the season last year."

On Saturday, Wright said that he was wide open, but that East Carolina held an edge because it was the first school to offer him.

"[North] Carolina was always one of my top schools," Wright said. "Carolina and [N.C.] State were the first two schools to start recruiting me and have been recruiting hard. So [the offer] definitely kind of puts [UNC] at the top. If I have to say, out of all my top schools Carolina is at the top right now.

UNC's immediate ascension to Wright's leader is a result of the atmosphere in Chapel Hill coupled with Wright's relationship with the Tar Heels' coaching staff, particularly Jordan.

"I got a chance to go up there once or twice," Wright said. "I went up there for the spring game and it's just a great environment out there. And I love all the coaches – Coach Jordan and everybody. I figured that if they were going to offer me, they were going to be one of my top choices regardless."

Wright is torn on when he'd like to pull the trigger.

"I figured I'll talk to my mom about it whenever she got home," Wright said. "But now that I think about it, I probably want to make my commitment sometime during the season. But then again, I want to get it out of the way, so that I won't have to keep worrying about it, and plus I don't want to take too long and miss out on an opportunity."

Even before he had started contemplating making a verbal commitment, Wright had mapped out his summer visit schedule. He plans to camp at NC State on June 20, Wake Forest on July 14, and UNC on July 19. With a UNC offer now in hand, he's considering visiting Chapel Hill sometime in June.

"I want to go to each school with my parents so that we can meet each of the coaches and see all that they have to say," Wright said.

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