Andrae Wright Profile

BlueGoldNews.com talked with defensive lineman Andrae Wright about his recent commitment to the Mountaineer football program.

Like most out of state players, Andrae Wright's most lasting impression was of WVU's facilities.

"The facilities were just great, said the big defensive lineman after committing to West Virginia. I've seen West Virginia on TV a lot, but I didn't know how good the facilities were.

Wright (6-5, 250, 4.9), committed during his visit to the West Virginina campus this past weekend. In addition to the football complex, he cited the "welcoming atmosphere" as another big reason for his commitment.

"Everyone I talked to was really nice," noted Wright. "I like Coach Trickett too. He's down to earth. I like that." Tirckett was Wright's recruiting coach.

Wright was primarily a defensive end for Shaw High School in Mobile, and figures he'll begin his Mountaineer career on the defensive side of the ball.

"I played a little bit of offensive line when they needed some help, but mostly I played on defense. I had eight sacks and 74 tackles, and forced a couple of fumbles. I had several fumble recoveries too."

Wright's coach at Shaw, Mardye McDole, thinks Wright has a great deal of potential.

"His upside is great. He's 6-5, and he's not really filled out yet. He can put on another 20-30 pounds easily. He has great leg strength, but needs to work on his upper body strength some."

McDole also commented on WVU's facilities opponents as factors in Wright's decision.

"Everyone that comes back tells me how good the facilites are. I haven't been up there, but maybe I'll have to go. Of course all my eligibility is gone," McDole joked. (McDole played his college football at Mississippi State.)

"West Virginia plays in a great conference, and they get to play great teams. That's another attraction for playing there. I think Andrae will do just fine."

To his credit, Wright knows he has a lot of work in front of him. A number of high school players get a rude awakening when they confront college players who are much bigger and stronger than they are used to facing, but Wright doesn't plan on being taken by surprise.

"I know I have to work hard this summer. College is a whole new level."

As we've come to find out from both sides of the fence, verbal commitments can be the shakiest of agreements, but Wright looks to be locked in to WVU.

"I'm done visiting. I'm coming to West Virginia."


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