For Brock Wright, this might be his last off-season at home.
The four-star tight end from Cypress, Texas, who rates as the consensus top prospect at his position nationally, began it three-plus weeks ago after Cy-Fair High School bowed out of the playoffs early. He’s since breathlessly watched Notre Dame’s regular season finale at Stanford, caught up on “A Season With Notre Dame” on Showtime and received a school visit from head coach Brian Kelly.
Kelly was in Houston last week to begin his in-home visit tours, seeing four-star linebacker Jeffrey McCulloch, also from the Houston area. Wright appreciated the attention, not that Notre Dame needs to give much of it as the 6-foot-5, 240-pound athlete begins to weigh early enrollment.
“I still get letters every day from other schools but I think I’m gonna let all that other stuff die down,” Wright said. “I know nothing is going to sway me from Notre Dame. That’s where I want to go.”
Wright, who’s given up basketball and track to focus on football, said exploring early enrollment is in its early stages. If he makes that advanced move to South Bend he’d join the roster roughly a year from now.
Until then, Wright will focus on developing his game and keeping a measured outlook despite the hype that’s sought him out. He’s already committed to the Under Armour All-America Game next year and will participate in a select combine in Orlando in January. If Wright wasn’t headed to Florida later this month he might have made the Fiesta Bowl to see Notre Dame face Ohio State.
Wright didn’t make a Notre Dame home game this year. His high school slate and a desire to see his brother – red-shirt freshman Brady Wright – at Rice filled the schedule. Wright still kept on top of the Irish.
“My heart was beating fast during the Stanford game,” Wright said. “We watched every game, recorded every single game. I just think it’s impressive how well they did considering the adversity they went through with injuries.”
Wright felt the impact of losing a quarterback this fall when Cy-Fair’s starter separated both shoulders, endured a concussion and was replaced by a sophomore. Wright finished with 27 catches, 365 yards and three touchdowns. He knows he’ll need to contribute more than statistics this winter and spring.
“We didn’t have a whole lot of seniors and we didn’t play to our potential in a lot of games,” Wright said. “We’d move the ball well but not execute, we’d let up big plays. We have to be better in those positions.”
“It starts in the weight room, the locker room, preparing everybody mentally for what we have to do, to focus on the team. I think that’s really a big thing to work on moving forward.”
Despite some reports to the contrary, Wright said he’s not overly focused on recruiting for Notre Dame. The Irish are in on McCulloch and junior quarterback Avery Davis as potential Texas targets. Wright said he’s been in touch with Davis, but most of his communication has been with other commitments.
“I just sort of let coaches handle that stuff,” Wright said. “I don’t care about hoopla. I reached out to Avery a couple times and we’ve talked back and forth. I’d like to sway him a little bit our way. It would be cool to get some other Texas guys up there.”