Four-Star DE Max Wright Talks Longhorns and More

Four-Star defensive end Max Wright checks in at 6-foot-4, 277-pounds out of James Taylor High School. The No 1 defensive end in Texas is looking hard at the Longhorns.

“I like the atmosphere a lot, it's a lot of fun,” Max Wright said.  “It's humbling; it's a great feeling to know they have such a high interest in me, it's a great feeling.”

 

The Wright family loves the Texas Longhorns coaching staff.

 

“They love them,” Wright said. “My mom and dad like the staff a lot, especially Coach Giles, and Coach Herman.  Some things that stand out are tradition, the fan base, and just the city of Austin, it's a great place to live, and also the tradition is amazing, they have a lot of drive to get back to be a top ranked school, and Texas is high on my list.”

 

Wright is in no hurry to make a decision.

 

“I don't really have a timetable right now,” Wright said. “Just kind of taking it slow.  I'll let you know when I think I'm ready, just kind of taking it slow right now.”

 

Inside the Numbers

 

Class 2018

Four-Star

Defensive End

6-foot-4, 277-pounds

Scout Overall Rank No 43

Position Rank No 4

Texas DE Rank No 1

 

Bio Blast

 

2016: Wright bounced back from his ACL injury to assemble a great junior season. He recorded 70 tackles, 18 tackles for loss, nine sacks, one field-goal block, 15 quarterback hurries, and three pass breakups. He also ran 19 times for 92 yards and two touchdowns, while catching three passes for 11 yards and two more TDs.

 

2015: Wright suffered an early-season ACL tear and missed the remainder of his sophomore campaign.

2014: As only a freshman, Wright debuted in big-school Texas high school football. He registered 30 tackles, eight sacks, one forced fumble, and two field-goal blocks.

 

Scout.com Take

 

There were some questions about his game following a knee injury early in the 2015 season, but talent-wise there is little question about Wright's value as a prospect. His freshman highlight tape was very impressive, and before going down with an injury his sophomore season he flashed the ability that showed why he's national level target on the defensive front. Wright assembled a great comeback year as a junior and re-established himself as one of the top overall prospects in Texas for 2018. He is big and agile, has really good hips, and he's quick enough to make plays behind the line of scrimmage, while also being strong enough to hold up and defend against the run game. Have any type of doubts of what type of athlete Wright is? Then check out the highlights of him running with the football. Wright's running back days may soon be over, but his football days are not. He's an elite defensive end prospect who will likely fit multiple schemes. - Greg Powers and Gabe Brooks 


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