Brock Wright returned from the Irish Invasion last weekend knowing where he wanted to go. The four-star junior tight end from Cypress, Texas just wasn’t sure when he’d ultimately commit there.
The 6-foot-5, 244-pound athlete with offers from Alabama, Texas and Michigan wanted to talk out his next step with his family, including his brother Brady, a red-shirt freshman defensive end at Rice. Brady put into words what Brock had swirling in his head after returning from South Bend.
“My brother said, ‘You’ve wanted to go there for a long time now, your whole life you’ve wanted to go to Notre Dame. You have that chance to live out your dream, why not do it?’” Brock said. “So I kind of slept on it all week, thought about it and I don’t really want to wait any more.
“It’s where I want to be.”
Wright told Notre Dame on Friday afternoon, waiting for his father to return from work before making the call to tight ends coach Scott Booker. From there Wright talked to head coach Brian Kelly. Wright is the second commitment in Notre Dame’s Class of 2017, following offensive lineman Dillan Gibbons.
Wright hopes his decision can help sway junior quarterback Hunter Johnson, who also attended the Irish Invasion, as did Gibbons. Wright texted Johnson after the commitment.
“I let him know, ‘Just committed to Notre Dame. Would be sweet if you did the same,’” Wright said.
Wright also called Jay Harbaugh at Michigan, which finished second in his recruitment. Wright visited Michigan for the first time last weekend before driving to South Bend with both parents.
“We did build a close relationship with them,” Wright said. “It’s kind of sad to burn that bridge down, but I’m so thankful for everything that they did for us, and also the other schools.”
Wright said he could be open to early enrollment, although that’s still more than a year away. In the immediate future, Wright will depart for a Young Life retreat this weekend in Colorado, taking a long bus ride with friends toward the mountains. With his recruitment complete, Wright can go back to being a high school student more than a high school prospect.
“That will be nice to get away from everyone trying to talk to me,” Wright said. “I just really had that realization that Notre Dame is the school that I wanted to be at. I’ve kind of known all along that I’ve always wanted to do this, I just wanted to see what else happened.
“But deep down I knew this is the school and the place for me.”