Wright Earns First-Team All-State Honors

Unblockable. That's the best way to describe Darrian Wright's stellar senior season at Dayton High School. What does the SMU commit have planned for the offseason? Find out the answer, as well as learn which fellow future Mustang he corresponds with on a regular basis.

Dayton defensive tackle Darrian Wright, who has been committed to SMU for several months, was recently awarded first-team all-state honors after a sizzling senior season that saw the 6-foot-1, 265-pounder rack up 123 tackles, 15 TFL, 7 sacks, 4 forced fumbles, and 21 QB pressures.

Those numbers come on the heels of an impressive junior year, during which Wright registered 73 stops, 23 TFL, and 7 sacks.

"It felt good to see all the hard work I've put in - pay off," said Wright, the No. 127-ranked DT prospect in the country. "I'd say that the highlight of the season was our first district game, when we beat Barbers Hill, 54-0.

"There's a good rivalry between us and them and there was a lot of pre-game trash-talk going on -- on Facebook and message boards."

The Barbers Hill game marked a turnaround of sorts for the Broncos, which dropped their first three games of the season. Beginning with the Barbers Hill rout, Dayton won nine games in a row before succumbing to eventual state runner-up LaMarque in the third-round of the playoffs.

What was Wright's reaction to the Armed Forces Bowl, what are his plans for the offseason, and which fellow SMU commit does he keep in contact with?

"I liked the bowl game," he said. "SMU fell behind a bit, but we came back strong. Right now, I'm doing powerlifting and my maxes are 500 on the squat, 345 on bench, and 315 on power cleans.

"The only commit that I have any contact with is (fellow DT) Rishaad Wimbley. He tells me how he's going to help me get stronger when we both get to campus. He plays strong on the field."

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