RECRUITING: Texas safety has the 'Wright' stuff

Sooners close to offering one of the best-kept secrets in the Lone Star state

D'NERIAN WRIGHTER, S, 6'1 1/2, 203, 4.41, MARLIN, TEXAS:

Talk about your diamond's in the rough. Wrighter hasn't received much publicity until his work this summer, but now that college recruiters are getting a look at this super athlete more and more colleges are getting interested.

D'Nerian is a 4-year starter at strong safety and free safety. He played strong safety his freshman and sophomore year before switching to free safety last season. As a junior, Wrighter also played quarterback, running back, wide receiver as well as safety. This year he will go both ways at free safety and quarterback.

"I had a pretty good year last year," said Wrighter. "I made 127 tackles and came up with seven interceptions. As a sophomore I had five interceptions, so I guess I have a pretty good nose for the football. I like playing safety, because I am the last line of the defense and I call a lot of shots. You have to be a great athlete to play safety and you run the secondary. I like that kind of responsibility."

D'Nerien added 850 yards rushing to his team's offensive totals last season. Wrighter can bench 335 pounds, squats 415 and he posted a 35'6 vertical jump at the Nike Camp at Texas A&M. Wrighter also starts in hoops (16 ppg, 12 rpg, 3 apg) and in baseball (pitcher/centerfield). Wrighter has been offered by 11 schools at this time and right now he is wide open concerning recruiting.

"I really don't have a favorite at this time, but Oklahoma is very high on my list," said Wrighter. "I have been offered by Missouri, Colorado, SMU, TCU, Baylor, Duke, Houston, Iowa, Oklahoma State, Nebraska and Wisconsin.

"Oklahoma is definitely a favorite of mine and they say they are close to offering me. I was supposed to visit them recently, but my best friend's father passed away and I couldn't make it up. I hope to visit them unofficially before school starts.

"Oklahoma State is a good program and they are coming along," Wrighter continued. "They are okay, but I really like OU better because I like their defense and how they play their safeties."

Wrighter has qualified.

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