Plant LB Wright choosing between USF & BC

Plant's outside linebacker Mitchell Wright, who will announce his college choice on Tuesday, choosing between USF and Boston College. The Tampa standout talks about his two finalists, what he likes about both, and more.

Mitchell Wright, Plant's star hybrid defensive end/linebacker, who put his name on the map as a junior is getting ready to announce his college decision.

As a junior, Wright recorded 79 tackles, 25 tackles for a loss and 10 sacks, he also 3 forced fumbles, recovered 1, had an interception and 2 pass break-ups last season.  He saved his best game for the state title, where he tallied 14 tackles, five sacks, and caused a fumble as he helped Plant beat Miramar 31-20

The 6-3 and 210-pound prospect is as talented, quick and he is versatile, as he lined up at defensive end and linebacker, and may play a little tight end this year as well. Some schools are recruiting him as a d-linemen and third down pass rusher, but

"I played more D-end last season and would drop back into coverage as a linebacker, but this year I'm playing mostly linebacker, "My speed is big, it helps me a lot, and also my agility. Coaches also talk about my hustle to the ball. During a play if a kid is 100 yards away, I'm making sure that I'm running towards him."

On the recruiting front, Wright has six offers including ones from South Florida, Boston College, UMass, FAU, and Tulane and is set to announce his college choice this week.

"It's pretty much between USF and Boston College," said Wright. "Those are the two that I really like."

Wright has visited USF several times and took a recent visit to both programs recently.

"I really liked my visit to Boston College a lot," said Wright. "I liked the campus, their football facilities and the coaches I met. I also got to meet some of the incoming players, and liked the whole visit."

"I really liked USF as well. I've been to their campus a lot, seen a lot of games, and have the chance to see everything. The campus, the facilities, the locker rooms, and practice fields and really like what they got."

Boston College offered Wright at the end of May and the Bulls offered after watching him compete in their sling and shoot and SuperBull camp a few weeks back, and he was very excited to get the offer from the home town team.

"It was great to get that offer, I was real happy about it," said Wright. "Not everybody gets an opportunity to play close to home and have their friends and family able to go to games and see them play."

The Plant standout said after seeing both, those are the two he really likes and talks about his two finalists that he'll be choosing between.

 "With Boston College, they're great academically, the campus is really nice, and the whole area of Boston is nice and there's a lot to do socially, and they have a good football program."

"With USF, I like the USF coaches, and what the team is doing. They're getting better and better and are recruiting at a high level. It's close to home and I like it there a lot."

The local prospect sees similarities in the home town Bulls and his current high school, which is a now considered a state powerhouse after winning numerous titles, including three  in the last four years.

"USF keeps on improving, and reminds me of Plant when they were first coming up. They started slow and then kept getting better," said Wright. "USF has been on the rise and beating solid teams like going up to Notre Dame and beating them. They're recruiting high quality kids and trying to build a great program."

Wright said he has a relationship with the USF coaches and

"I speak a lot with Coach Holtz, and really like him. His son used to play for our team last year. He's a great coach and person," said Wright. "I was also talking with the defensive coordinator and linebacker Coach Chris Cosh, and I really like him as well."

"Coach Holtz said he likes how I play, likes my speed, and wants me to be a part of his team," said Wright. "He wants me to gain some more weight, but likes what I bring to the table as a player and a person."

In the classroom, Wright carries a 3.5 GPA and scored a 1360 on the SAT and his set to make his college choice tomorrow and said he wasn't leaning one way or the other.

"I'll be making my announcement at 2:00 on Tuesday," said Wright. "It's going to be one of those things where I'm thinking about up until 1:59. I'm very excited to make my decision, get it done with and be able to focus on my senior year and make another run at the State championship."

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