Wright Still Waiting It Out

Major Wright couldn't have asked for a better visit to Ohio State last weekend, but he's still not ready to make a decision. The hard-hitting safety from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., will likely wait until signing day before announcing his decision. But has he set up any other official visits? And how is his high school team doing in the playoffs? We asked him those questions and more.

Safety Major Wright from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., can't help but pay attention to the recruiting process, but right now his main focus is winning a state championship.

Wright's St. Thomas Aquinas (11-1) team reached the Class 5A state semifinals with a 38-0 win over Coconut Creek on Nov. 24 and will face Bradenton Manatee (9-4) this Friday.

(St. Thomas beat Manatee last year in the state semifinals. The other Florida Class 5A semifinal is between Lakeland [13-0] and Daytona Beach Mainland [13-0]. St. Thomas lost to Lakeland each of the last two seasons in the state finals.)

"We got close the last couple years and we're just trying to get over the top and get it done this year," Wright said. "It would be great going out with a state title."

Wright (6-1, 210, 4.55) took his first official visit of the recruiting season to Ohio State last weekend (Nov. 18-20) and was in attendance for the No. 1 Buckeyes' 42-39 win over then-No. 2 Michigan. Wright was "in awe" of OSU on the visit as he said last week, but he still is not ready to give the Buckeyes or anyone else a commitment.

"No, I still want to wait it out, probably until signing day," he said.

Wright is also considering USC and Florida but is not sure when he will take official visits to those schools.

"No sir," he said. "I was originally planning on taking all five visits, but now I think I am just going to take them to USC and Florida. I haven't set any up though. I already took one to Ohio State obviously and I'll end up taking a couple more but I'm not sure when."

Ohio State assistant coach Darrell Hazell is Wright's main contact at OSU.

"Coach Hazell texts me about every three days and calls me every once in a while," Wright said. "He knows I like the Buckeyes and feel very good and confident about that whole situation."

Wright is ranked as the No. 13 safety in the country and is known as a hard hitter. He could grow into a linebacker, but he thinks if he keeps his speed he will be a safety. But it doesn't matter to him, he just wants to play football.

"As long as I'm on the field it doesn't matter," he said. "It's just like playing as a freshman. People ask me if it's important if I play as a true freshman, and that's not even something I think about. The best are going to play and you can't worry about things you can't control. I am just going to come in and play hard wherever school I go to."

Wright will play for the East squad in the Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio on Jan. 6.

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