Playing tight end and growing up a Notre Dame fan meant the 6-foot-5, 240-pound sophomore from Cy-Fair High School knew all about Kyle Rudolph, Tyler Eifert and Troy Niklas in advance. Now Wright knows Brian Kelly sees him as a potential next man in at Tight End U.
The Irish head coach offered Wright during Junior Day, making him the first offer at the position in the Class of 2017.
“I was not really even thinking about (an offer) and didn’t really have any expectations, but I was very excited when it happened,” Wright said. “I was called into coach Kelly’s office and he told me and my dad. They let me know they like my blocking, they know I’ll be able to develop. They’ve checked my grades and believe I’ll be able to work toward my goals.
“I’ve always been a fan. We’re Catholic. Also, there’s a little bit of Irish on my mom’s side.”
Notre Dame joins an offer list that includes Texas A&M, Baylor, Rice, Georgia, Nebraska and Oklahoma. Not included in that group are Michigan and Stanford, although the Wolverines and Cardinal rate highly with Wright, who hopes to visit Ann Arbor and Palo Alto later this year.
Both programs visited Cy-Fair during the last contact period and Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh has involved himself the recruitment.
Wright has no timeline for making a college commitment.
However, the Irish should remain in play moving forward.
“It was really an incredible atmosphere around the day, the campus is beautiful and I thought it was all very amazing,” Wright said. “It’s pretty similar to some other places I’ve seen but also very different. It’s further away than other places I’ve visited.
“Education is very important to me. I’ve have been looking at higher education schools. One of the main reasons I’m looking at Notre Dame is because of the academics. I’m very excited to have an offer.”
During the visit Wright watched practice and talked with tight end Durham Smythe, another Texas transplant. He also took a tour of Notre Dame’s facilities, had his height/weight measured, sat in on a player panel, had lunch in the Stadium and toured campus. Junior Day wrapped back at the Guglielmino Athletics Complex with Kelly.
“He was really impressive,” Wright said. “The main message they presented to us was really how it was a family day and the organization is really close, interacting with each other. Everyone respects each other. They’ve built a cool environment for themselves there.”
Next up for Wright is scheduling those trips to Stanford and Michigan, with Clemson and Nebraska also possibilities. He’ll also get back into the spring schedule at Cy-Fair, where Wright plays in a run-first offense, a positive for the sophomore’s skills.
“Our offense, we run the ball a lot and I love to block, so that’s a good thing,” Wright said. “I love to run routes and catch the ball, but as a tight end you have to do both at the end of the day anyway. That’s my style of play.”