Ouch! Wright staying closer to home

FIRST THERE WAS <b>Carl Bonnell</b>. Now it appears Mike Price's move to Tuscaloosa has claimed another WSU recruit: <b>Dwayne Wright</b>, one of the most prized Cougar pick ups of the last ten years.

An all-world prepster from San Diego, Wright committed to WSU two years ago but failed to qualify academically and headed to West Hills JC. While there he pledged his allegiance to the Cougs a number of times over the last two years, but announced this week that he's decided to sign with Fresno State instead.

A 6-0, 200-pound speedster, he committed  verbally to FSU on Monday night, according to the Fresno Bee.

Wright rushed for 1,068 yards and 11 touchdowns in nine games last season at West Hills. Both Washington State and Alabama were eager suitors, said the Bee. Wright was leaning toward Washington State until Price took the Alabama job.

A college freshman on track to earn his associate's degree by the end of this semester, Wright will have three seasons of eligibility at Fresno State.

"I felt Fresno State was the place to be," Wright is quoted as saying in the Bee.. "Just something about the school. I liked the coaches and the academic game plan. That was my biggest worry. It gets you on track to graduate early."

Wright is the second big-name verbal for the Bulldogs this week. Standout prep defensive back Clifton Smith also cast his lot with FSU this week.

Chris Fetters of TheInsiders.com contributed to this report.

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