Wright talks about Washington State offer

Two former Butte defensive linemen are set to see quite a bit of playing time at Washington State this fall and current Roadrunner DT Ronnell Wright (6-3, 275) said that when the Cougars decided to extend an offer to him, he thought long and hard about making a decision...

Wright, who enjoyed a standout prep career at Savannah (Ga.) High School, moved out west to continue his football career when he didn't qualify for a D-1 scholarship and last year as a freshman, he was a menace for opposing blockers, notching 47 tackles, 5.5 tackles-for-loss, three sacks and an interception.

When teammate Steven Hoffart was offered by Washington State and decided to leave early to enroll in Pullman, defensive line coach Malik Roberson told Wright he wanted him up there as well.

"He said he wanted me to come and play with Steven and Brandon (Rankin)," Wright said. "He told me he loved the way I play football, how intense I am and how I never stop moving, he loves my motor."

While he didn't commit, don't think for a second he didn't contemplate it.
"Going up there would be great because I already have two friends already there," Wright said. "I thought about committing right when it happened, but then I sorta cooled down and was like 'I need to wait' so that's what I'm going to do."

Wright had hoped to visit Washington State the first weekend of the season, but the Cougars will be on the road playing Oklahoma State on September 4th, so he said he'll need to set things up for after the season.

"We don't really have a bye week at all this year," Wright said. "I'll get up there to visit them though and that could go a long way into how comfortable I feel with them.

"Steven loves it there and I think I could really enjoy myself there too."

In addition to his offer from the Cougars, Wright also has offers from North Texas and Arkansas State and schools like Oklahoma State, SMU, UCLA, California, Texas A&M, New Mexico, Nevada, Tennessee and Georgia have all made it known they will have their eyes on him this fall.

Wright is on pace to finish his AA degree in December and he'll have three years to play two wherever he ends up.

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