Aundre Wright fulfills his dream

Aundre Wright from Milford Academy (NY) received a scholarship offer from the University of Pittsburgh on Wednesday. He quickly accepted the offer and simultaneously fulfilled a lifelong dream. Wright spoke with the about is future with the Panthers.

"I have wanted to be a Pitt Panther for a long time. The process started a little over two years ago. Today I'm living out my dream," stated speedy wide receiver Aundre Wright (5-foot-10 inches, 180 pounds) from Milford Academy in New Berlin, NY. "My coach called and told me I had the offer from Pitt. I was so excited I called all of my family, my friends and some old coaches of mine. I can't wait to get to Pittsburgh and make an impact."

Wright, originally from Perry Traditional Academy in Pittsburgh, PA, was known for his blistering speed on the football field. An athlete capable of recording a consistent 4.3 forty-yard dash, he was an impressive wide receiver and kick returner. Aundre has frequently been compared to current Washington Redskin wide receiver Santana Moss. ranks Wright a "three-star" prospect. He is the 14th player to commit to the Panthers' class of 2007. considers Aundre the 21st best prep school player in the nation.

Aundre caught 25 passes for 900 yards and scored 11 touchdowns as a junior. His senior season, he caught 20 passes for 600 yards.

"Pitt wants me to be a return specialist and slot receiver. My speed is best used at the slot position," said Wright. "I'm up to 180 pounds and I have been working on my blocking. When I got here, the coaches told me to look at Hines Ward of the Pittsburgh Steelers. Pitt wants to run a similar offense and they told me I had to learn to block. The extra muscle I put on has really helped improve my blocking."

When asked about his strengths from the receiver position, he stated "Obviously there aren't too many players as fast as me. My speed is a big plus. My other big strength is my passion for the game. I love to play football and I bring excitement onto the field. I'm really pumped right now. I wish I could play for Pitt right now."

Milford Academy currently has a perfect 6-0 record. Wright is Milford's leading receiver. The Falcons defeated the Dartmouth JV team last week 28-12. Aundre caught 4 passes for 106 yards and scored 2 touchdowns.

The University of Pittsburgh is currently recruiting Milford Academy running back LeSean McCoy. ranks McCoy a "five star" recruit and the 2nd best prep school prospect in the nation. He originally committed to the Miami Hurricanes, but LeSean recently decided to re-open the recruiting process. He recently attended the Panthers victory over Syracuse and expressed heightened interest in Pitt. Another of Wright's teammates, offensive lineman Chris Hanna (6-foot-4 inches, 285 pounds) has expressed heavy interest in the Panthers. Hanna, originally from Gateway High School in Monroeville, PA, has yet to receive a scholarship offer from Pitt.

"I'm recruiting LeSean and Chris right now," stated Wright. "Both of them are good guys and great football players. We talk about playing together all the time. Hopefully Pitt will offer Chris as well."

Wright was the starting wide receiver and kick returner for a Perry Traditional Academy football team that won two Pittsburgh City League Championships. He participated in the Big 33 Football Classic in Hershey, PA.

"I'm originally from the (Pittsburgh) City League. Players from our league don't receive much respect," said Wright. "I want to make an impact at Pitt and show that players from they city league can compete with anyone."

"I can't wait to get to Pitt. It's going to be special to play for the hometown team and have my family and friends watch me play. I'm excited to be a Panther."

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