March 2, 2010

Wright sets the record straight

Carver-Columbus standout Gabriel Wright wanted to make one thing perfectly clear during a telephone interview Tuesday night with UGASports, that contrary to internet rumors, he is not leaning toward any particular school.

Reports out of Alabama had the coveted defensive tackle possibly on the verge of selecting the national champion Crimson Tide.

But while Alabama is certainly in the mix for the 6-foot-3, 273-pounder, Wright said he's not close to picking a school and that his decision wouldn't come until much later in the year, perhaps at the Under Armour All-American in early January.

"I keep thinking about the same schools over and over, although not in any particular order," Wright said. "There's Georgia, Alabama, Auburn, Florida State … but it's still an open process."The fact the Bulldogs are one of his favorites can largely be attributed to Wright's visit to Athens last weekend when he had his first face-to-face with new defensive coordinator Todd Grantham.

"The meeting went really well, really well," said Wright. "(His trip) was just to get Georgia back in the mix, but also a chance to meet the new defensive coordinator (Grantham) and talk about how they planned to use me in his scheme."

According to Wright, he was told by Grantham that he would play left end for the Bulldogs, although the affable youngster felt he was versatile enough to play several positions in Grantham's 3-4 alignment.

Wright, who had only talked to Grantham on the phone prior to getting to Athens, said Grantham did not disappoint.

The two spent over six hours together, watched film and besides his role with the Bulldogs, talked about Grantham's years as an assistant with the Dallas Cowboys.

"Coach Grantham is a real dynamic person; he's not just some strict NFL guy," Wright said. "He's really happy to be in Georgia, but we also talked about the other teams he's been with, we talked about Jerry Jones. Coach Grantham said he was awesome."

Wright's questions didn't stop there.

"I asked him if Dallas had made the Super Bowl if that would have affected his decision to come," Wright said. "He said he made the decision to come before Georgia ever announced (his hiring). I liked that. He knew in his mind where he wanted to be."

Wright did a lot more than just meet with his potential defensive coordinator.

He also spent part of Saturday watching the current Bulldog players go through Mat Drills, and later spent time with running back Washaun Ealey and [/db]Nick Williams[/db].

Wright later met with head coach Mark Richt who again stressed how much the Carver star was needed in Athens.

Apparently, Wright liked what he heard.

"It was a great visit. I have great visits every time I come here," Wright said. "I had a good time. I haven't had a bad visit yet."

Wright, who said he will likely make another visit to Alabama this weekend, also plans to return to Georgia before the conclusion of spring practice which begins Thursday afternoon. He will be unable to make it to G-Day on April 10 due his taking the ACT, but he promised he would return.

"I'm definitely coming back," he said.

Wright did not rule out camping at Georgia this summer before taking his five official visits later this fall.

"I'd come up to compete," Wright said. "That would give me a chance to learn from the coaches; I wouldn't come up just to hang around."

Meanwhile, Wright said he'll just continue to enjoy the process until he has to get down to the business of deciding where he will play his college ball.

"It's all about having fun," Wright said. "I know I could commit but I feel like I'd still need to see what's out there. I talked about this with Coach Richt. When I commit, I'm going to commit. I'm not going to say it and still look around. My commitment is going to be the real deal."

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