January 9, 2011

Wright back from UA visit

While the final month of recruiting is in full force, Alabama has scheduled most of its official visitors for the latter half of January but did welcome one official visitor this weekend in Columbus (GA) Carver defensive tackle Gabe Wright. The four-star defender remains one of the South's top uncommitted prospects and the Tide were looking to make a big impression on the 6-foot-3, 273-pound star this weekend.

"I think the biggest thing for me was seeing my mom's reaction to everything. She loved it," Wright said. "She was just real impressed with how everything was laid out and how the coaching staff and their support people let you know sort of step by step how things worked and how you balance football and academics. My mom has always loved Alabama. She obviously has a lot of say-so in my final decision, and I know she will have really positive input for Alabama at the end of the day."

"Another big thing Alabama has going for it right now for me is Coach (Chris) Rumph. He was one of my favorite coaches at Clemson, and putting him at Alabama just makes it double exciting for me. He is a player's coach, and we spent a lot of time this weekend talking one on one how I would be used in their scheme. They like me at defensive end, just like Marcel Dareus."

"It was a busy weekend for sure. I spent a lot of personal time with all of the coaches Saturday. I hung out with a few of the players that were on campus Saturday evening. It wasn't as hopping as it would normally be around town because students are still getting back, but Don'ta Hightower was my host and he was coming off announcing that he would be back next season so he was fired up."

The first lady of Alabama football made her impression felt as well during the official visit weekend.

"This morning we hung out at Coach Saban's house. His wife Terry and my mom really hit it off and talked a long time. Coach Saban has a beautiful house and we had a great breakfast and talk with his family."

"I am not going to name a leader right now. I am looking at Alabama, Auburn, Clemson and Tennessee, and they are all in the running. Alabama started it off on a great note. I have Tennessee, Clemson and Auburn in that order coming up, and when I am done with official visits, I should have a decision which will be right at Signing Day."

Wright is rated the No. 10 defensive tackle prospect in the nation according to Rivals.com.

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