Irish impress top ’17 tight end

Notre Dame made sure Brock Wright knew where he stood with the Irish during last weekend’s visit. The Texan remains the top tight end target in the junior class.

Brock Wright knew where he stood with Notre Dame before arriving at the Irish Invasion last weekend. The 6-foot-5, 244-pound tight end from Cypress, Texas, had already hit Notre Dame’s Junior Day in March, when the Irish made him the first offer at his position in the junior class.

But in case the four-star prospect needed a reminder, he got it both before and after the Irish Invasion. While dozens of prospects watched a player panel with the current roster on Friday afternoon, Wright met with athletics director Jack Swarbrick. After the event wrapped that night, offensive coordinator Mike Sanford made sure to bring Wright and top quarterback prospect Hunter Johnson together for a photo op.

Wright made the trip with both parents, visiting Michigan on Thursday before driving to Notre Dame that night. The visit was a return for his father too, although Wright’s mother was seeing South Bend for the first time.

“Notre Dame is really kind of a special place … we’re a big-time Catholic family and have always had admiration for Notre Dame,” Wright said. “It was cool to get up here to see it and feel it, the Golden Dome, Touchdown Jesus, the Basilica, everything. It was really cool to see all that and feel the campus.”

Wright holds offers from Alabama, Georgia, LSU, Michigan, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech and UCLA. His father Len played for the Red Raiders.

Last weekend’s visit may be Wright’s final trip of the summer, although Stanford could get a look. He has no plans to attend games this fall, although Notre Dame’s opener against Texas caught his attention. With his Cy-Fair High School schedule and a brother on the football team at Rice, getting to games this fall may be a challenge.

Even if Wright doesn’t return to Notre Dame this season, it appears the Irish have established themselves in the lead pack. Wright said he didn’t think about committing on the visit and has no plans to rush a decision. He said the Irish staff didn’t outline their recruiting calendar at tight end in the junior class.

“There’s still a lot of things I need to see,” Wright said. “I need to see more schools and still talk to my parents and talk to my family about it more. There’s still some time left before I make any big decisions. I think whenever I know where I want to go, I think then I’ll know when the time is right. For now, I have no idea.”

Recruiting top talent from Texas has been a mixed bag for Notre Dame in recent campaigns and the Irish are rebuilding in the state with Sanford and Todd Lyght new to the staff. However, it appears distance from home won’t hurt the Irish with Wright. 

“It is not really a huge deal. I would like to get a real college experience and going away from home is part of that for me,” Wright said. “I do come from a close family and I know I may get a little homesick away from home. I think that’s all part of it. I think I’ll work with that in the end.”

Notre Dame’s ideal would be to land Wright later this year along with Johnson, the four-star quarterback from Brownsburg, Ind., barely three hours south of South Bend. Johnson and Wright connected during the Irish Invasion, with their families also getting introductions.

“We kind of got to know each other and maybe we’ll keep an eye on each other in the future,” Wright said.


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