July 11, 2011

Yuri Wright knows two officials?

Ramsey (N.J.) Don Bosco Prep cornerback Yuri Wright has been a hard man to track down, but in his most recent interview he talks about seven schools high on his list, a timeframe for his decision and what he's looking for in a school. The 6-foot-2, 180-pounder is ranked as one of the nation's top three corners and top 50 players overall.

"I am still keeping my options open and researching schools, but I do have a few that stand out right now," said Wright. "Notre Dame, Michigan, Georgia, Colorado, Rutgers, Cal and Oregon off the top of my head are schools I like. Like I said, I am staying open to others, but I want to narrow down my list to five schools by the end of August if I can."

Wright has already visited Colorado and has been to Rutgers many times. He likes something different about each school.

"Notre Dame and Michigan have great traditions and I've hit it off well with coaches there," he said. "Coach Cooks at Notre Dame is someone I have a good relationship with and I felt comfortable with, but I haven't heard that much from Notre Dame lately. For Michigan, coach Mallory is a good guy and he'd be my position coach there."

"At Georgia I really like coach Lakatos, he's from Jersey, he is the defensive backs coach and I would say my relationship with him is one of my strongest ones," he continued. "Colorado has Tony Jones, our running back from last year, and he likes it a lot out there. I really enjoyed my visit there and I liked that it was open and not big city, that was nice. With Rutgers, coach Hafley is a great coach and he has recruited a few players from Bosco last year and it's a really good program. It's something me and my teammates (Darius Hamilton, Elijah Shumate, Leonte Carroo and Mike Strizak) talk about sometimes, what it would be like if we all stayed home and played at Rutgers."

"With Cal and Oregon, I've always liked both programs," he said. "Bosco quarterback Stephen Levy works for MSG TV now and he went out there as a recruit a long time ago and he talks about how nice it is and I've always liked Oregon, there's something about it. I'd like to get out west and see both schools if I can."

For Wright, taking visits will be tough because of the work involved being at Bosco.

"I'm hoping to take a couple more trips but we started working out and real practice starts in early August so it will be hard," he said. "I'll probably just have to get my list down to five schools and take my official visits. I am not in a hurry to decide, I will probably announce at the U.S. Army All American Bowl in January. I'm just trying to stay focused and keep everything organized."

Wright isn't sure of any of his official visits just yet, but he has a good idea of two schools that will get one.

"Georgia and Colorado most likely," he said. "I will set up an official with Georgia sometime soon and I want to go back and see Colorado again. After that I don't really know, but I'll figure that out soon."

With nearly 30 offers, there is one schools Wright would love to hear from.

"Texas is a program I've always liked and an offer from them would be great," he said. "But I guess they don't recruit the east coast or our area so I don't think that will happen. I'm happy with my offers now though."

As a junior, Wright recorded 62 tackles and five interceptions, returning two for scores.

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