Wright Considers Himself Verbally Committed

Bryan Wright was willing to wait as long as possible for a scholarship offer from a school in the Big Ten and, as of Tuesday, he officially has one from the University of Michigan. Wright unofficially visited Ohio State for the Illinois game and then spent the last two weekends in Ann Arbor dreaming of an opportunity to play for one of those two schools. His dream came true and now he's verbally committed to the University of Michigan after receiving an offer from the school on Tuesday.

The scholarship offer that came from Michigan on Tuesday was apparently all it took to push them over the top for Salem High School kicker Bryan Wright.

Wright was in Ann Arbor on an unofficial visit the past two weekends after attending an Ohio State game, unofficially, the week before that.

His name has recently skyrocketed up the recruiting charts after breaking his school's career-long mark on three different occasions this year, the longest being a 57-yarder which tied him for the second-longest field goal ever made in Ohio.

"I've been waiting forever to get a Big Ten offer," Wright said, "and now I'm fortunate to have one."

Wright got an unexpected call on his cell phone during a class on Tuesday at Salem and when the class ended he went directly to his coach's office before he returned the call. He didn't recognize the number.

It turned out the call was from Michigan coach Mike Debord, the school's recruiting coordinator, and he wanted Wright to call him back.

"He asked me if they offered me a scholarship would I commit?" said Wright recalling his conversation with Debord. "I said 'Probably' and then he offered me a scholarship to the University of Michigan."

That's all Wright needed to hear. He enjoyed his recent visits to Michigan for the Indiana and Ohio State games and an offer to a Big Ten school like Michigan or Ohio State is something that he's been dreaming about.

"The stadium is amazing," Wright said. "It's just a great feeling to know that I'm going to be playing for them now."

Wright attended the Ohio State game in Ann Arbor with his high school coach, Doug Phillips, who was heavily influenced in his young coaching career by Jim Tressel at Youngstown State.

So it wasn't long after Wright received his offer from Michigan that Tressel himself was on the phone with Wright.

"I'm committed to Michigan right now," said Wright when asked if anything changed after talking with Tressel. "We'll see how things go when I take my official visit (to Michigan) but I'm definitely committed right now I'd say."

The Salem area in general and the high school in particular is very supportive of Ohio State football, Earle Bruce once coached there, but Michigan has extended him an offer while OSU has yet to pull the trigger.

"I'm really excited. Michigan is definitely on top now," Wright said. "My family is wearing their Wolverine shirts right now."

Wright said that Michigan Coach Lloyd Carr had told him that he would be redshirted his freshman year and then he would start the next four years. With Garrett Rivas in his junior season at Michigan now, Wright finds the situation at Michigan too attractive for him to pass up.

"My dream has come true. This was more than I was looking for," said Wright who was entertaining offers from schools like Toledo, Bowling Green and Cincinnati prior to the one that came from Michigan. "I'm more than happy right now."

Last year Michigan recruited Ohio product Zoltan Mesko out of Twinsburg High School to help bolster their punting game and now it looks like Wright just might be the one to help their kicking game down the line as well.

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