Hunt High School’s football team is 5-0 and poised for a special season. Dexter Wright is a major reason why the Warriors have been so successful. His play has not gone unnoticed, as college coaching staffs have started to pursue him.
“I’ve heard from (N.C.) State, Duke, UCLA, ECU, North Carolina, and Wake Forest,” said the 6-foot-3, 205-pound defensive back. “State is recruiting me the hardest.”
Wright was in Raleigh a few weeks ago when the Wolfpack played South Alabama.
“I really liked the whole atmosphere,” Wright said. “I got to tour the facilities – they have a nice weight room. I also got to stand on the sideline and watch the players warm up before the game. The game itself was really exciting and I was really getting into it.”
Wright was able to talk to the coaches while he was in Raleigh.
“They were just giving me some information about how the recruiting process was going to go,” he said. “I was talking to Coach (Keith) Willis most of the time – and he was just telling me what I needed to be ready for – and giving me good advice. He’s a really honest person and doesn’t just tell me stuff I want to hear. He tells me the truth and I really like that about him.”
The 2014 prospect plans to visit some more schools this fall.
“I’ll probably go down to ECU, North Carolina, and probably Wake forest,” Wright said.
There is one school that Wright hopes to hear from soon.
“I really want to hear from Clemson,” he said. "I haven’t gotten anything from them yet. They have a good academic program and I really just like the team all around. It’s not too far away from home and that’s a place I wouldn’t mind going.”
Wright knows his strengths as a football player, but is also quick to point out areas where he is working to improve.
“I think one thing I’ve really done well this year is making open field tackles,” he said. “I think I need to improve on making interceptions. I get to the spots where I need to be, and I stop the receiver’s from catching it, but I just have to make sure I catch the ball.”
While Wright is enjoying the recruiting process, he is focused on his football season.
“Our record is good right now, but we want to finish off this season by getting a conference championship,” Wright said. “But my main goal for the last two years has been to win a state championship and we have come up short both times. This year, we are going to take that next step and go ahead and win.”
Hunt takes on Northern Nash this Friday.