Jorge Wright, a 6-3, 260 pound defensive lineman out of Miami, verballed to West Virginia today. He is the most recent addition stemming from new head coach Bill Stewart's hire of Florida recruiting ace Doc Holliday. The former WVU, NC State and Florida assistant landed defensive tackle D.J. Shaw and strong side linebacker Bernard Smith, both players who had little interest in the Mountaineers prior to Holliday's arrival. The deep south natives, along with Smith, will provide much needed depth for Jeff Casteel's odd stack look next season, which will likely need more lineman as the new staff attempts to insert additional 4-3 sets.
"The coaching staff was great," Wright said. "I really liked the people and the players and Stewart, and with (defensive line coach Bill) Kirelawich staying thee and Castel staying, the change did not affect me that much. Holliday has a lot of tradition down here in Florida, and he has a lot of pull with Florida players."
Including Wright, who visited Morgantown last weekend. He quickly decided to verbal, and said he will not take any more visits. He does, however, need to retake two classes to achieve the required grade point average. Out of Michael R. Krop High, Wright was seriously considering Auburn – he visited Jan. 18 – if the Tigers had offered. They did not, and despite interest from Tennessee and Central Florida, Wright made his decision shortly after returning to Miami.
"It was all nice, the campus, the town, everything," Wright said. "All the coaches talked about the small town, and I liked the college life. Everything was straight."
Wright, known for his ability to rush the passer, could be inserted into Johnny Dingle's slot at end. Dingle, who has graduated and would have had another season of eligibility left had he not declared for the NFL draft, became a key cog late in the season and played his best game in the 48-28 win over Oklahoma in the Fiesta Bowl. Wright had 19 sacks for Krop High this year. He is rated by Scout.com as a two-star player. He had no previous ties to WVU or the state of West Virginia but noted that the fan support was among the reasons for his decision. He is the sixth defensive lineman, a position of need, in the class.