October 7, 2010

Wright talks UA, recruiting

Columbus (GA) Carver stars Gabriel Wright and Isaiah Crowell are among the two most highly-recruited prospects out of the state of Georgia this year and both were in Tuscaloosa on Saturday for the Alabama-Florida game. While the Tide have been in the thick of things when it comes to Crowell, the 6-foot-3, 273-pound Wright has not had as many opportunities to visit the UA campus and came away with a good impression of what he saw Saturday.

"It was nice getting to Alabama again. I always have a good time," said Wright. "The best part besides the game was meeting up with Trent Richardson in the locker room after the game. He spent some time sitting with me and Isaiah just seeing what we thought of everything and telling us to keep focused and our eye on the prize. He said if we came to Alabama it was the hardest we would ever have to work, but it would all pay off."

"I knew Alabama was going to win going in. Florida has the same kind of talent as Alabama, but Alabama has better coaches. They play together well and they don't think they are ever going to lose."

"Another highlight was just hanging out with the recruits. I met Tony Steward, and he was a real nice guy. He looks a lot like Isaiah but just bigger. I saw a lot of guys from Florida. You could tell it was a big game because all the big dogs were there watching."

"I didn't get a chance to talk to Coach Saban, but I did talk with Coach Sal (Sunseri) and Coach Smart. They told me they were glad I made it. I couldn't make the last couple of times I had planned to go to Alabama, but they were glad I was there checking everything out."

While the Crimson Tide still have some ground to make up, Wright said it's too soon to count Alabama out for his signature.

"Alabama is still very much in it. They are probably third, behind Auburn and Tennessee, and ahead of Clemson, UGA and FSU."

Wright is rated by Rivals.com as the nation's No. 7 defensive tackle prospect and the No. 96 overall prospect.

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