Aundre Wright anticipates visit to Pitt

Standout Milford Academy (NY) wide receiver Aundre Wright will visit the Panthers next weekend. A game-breaker with blazing speed, Wright committed to the Panthers in October. The spoke with him about his upcoming official visit.

The University of Pittsburgh coaching staff is currently preparing for the second weekend in January. A myriad of recruits, primarily verbal commitments, will officially visit Pitt that weekend. The majority of players will arrive Friday, January 12th. One of those commitments will be standout Milford Academy (New Berlin, NY) receiver Aundre Wright (5-foot-11 inches, 180 pounds).

"We finished our year with a 7-3 record. Our final game against Navy was canceled," said Wright. "I was happy with my performance this year. I was one of our starting wide receivers and I caught about 30 passes for roughly 300 yards. I scored 8 touchdowns."

Wright will visit the Panthers along fellow class of 2007 commitments Henry Hynoski, Dom DeCicco, Jordan Gibbs, John Fieger and Max Gruder. ranks Aundre a "three-star" prospect and the 21st best prep school player in the nation.

"I have been looking forward to this visit. I simply want to get to know the coaches and my fellow teammates better. I'm sold on Pitt. There isn't too much they have to show me as far as the school. I love everything about it."

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.

One of the few uncommitted players visiting the Panthers will be Milford Academy running back LeSean McCoy. Wright was asked if he was actively recruiting McCoy and he replied, "Oh yeah, I want him to come to Pitt. He's torn right now between Pitt and Penn State. I think he's leaning towards Penn State but you never know. I'm going to stay on him and see if I can't get him coming to Pitt." ranks McCoy a "five-star recruit" and the 2nd best prep school player in the nation.

"My time at Milford has helped me a lot. I used to rely on my speed in high school. At Milford, there was a lot more talent and a lot more speed, " said Wright. "I had to learn to run better routes and learn moves to separate myself from defenders. I'm going to Pitt a much better player and student."

"I'm looking forward to spending more time with Coach (Dave) Wannstedt, Coach (Bob) Junko and Coach (Aubrey) Hill. It's going to be great working with Coach Hill. He's a great guy and I think he's going to make me a better receiver."

Wright was the starting wide receiver and kick returner for a Perry Traditional Academy football team that won two Pittsburgh City League Championships. He caught 25 passes for 900 yards and scored 11 touchdowns as a junior. His senior year season, he caught 20 passes for 600 yards. Aundre was selected to participate in the prestigious Big 33 football classic.

"I was told I would be playing special teams and my playing time as wide receiver would be tied to how quickly I learn the play book. I want to get to Pit, work hard and get onto the field as fast as possible. I know I can contribute next season."

Harry G. Psaros can be contacted at

Panther More Top Stories