Katy Taylor (Tex.) defensive end Max Wright continues to impress as his high school career progresses.
The class of 2018 star is coming off ACL surgery in the offseason, but there aren’t signs of rust. The four-star recruit has 26 tackles, 6 sacks and 10 tackles for loss through six games.
“I definitely feel back to where I was,” Wright said. “I had to get my footwork back but…(my knee) feels great.”
Wright visited Stanford when the Cardinal beat USC. His first visit to the state of California was very productive as he toured the campus with his family and saw what the Cardinal are capable up-close. Overall, his mother described the visit as “pretty amazing.”
“Coach Reynolds got to talk me through what their gameplan is and showed me a little bit of what they do there. I think I could fit in anywhere along that defensive front,” Wright said.
“It's a good system. I really, really like the football program up there. I think the coaches up there are great and the players. That's what impressed me the most was the players were actually treated me like family there, they were real with me. They are just really, really good guys.”
Wright said he loves the challenge of the high academic standards Stanford provides. The fact that he has to cut it as a player and student just to get to The Farm motivates him.
“I thought that was a really cool thing about the school and talking to (Lance Anderson). It's just different for Stanford,” Wright said.
In recent months, programs like Florida State, Florida, Notre Dame, Arkansas, Ole Miss and Nebraska have reached out to Wright, who holds offers from Alabama, Georgia, LSU, Ohio State, Oklahoma and Stanford among others.
This “big pack,” as Wright describes it, will be whittled down soon, and Stanford is “definitely” in the defensive end’s top-five.
For now, he is educating himself about the programs interested in him. He’s hoping to take many more visits, with Stanford being just his second out-of-state visit.