|Andrew Wright poses for the camera while on his official visit to Fresno State. The Buena Park defensive end/outside linebacker committed to the Bulldogs on Jan. 17 (photo contributed).|
Fresno State football’s 3-9 record this past season plus the assistant coaching changes did little to scare off Andrew Wright, as the Buena Park High defensive end/linebacker committed to the Bulldogs on Jan. 17.
The 6-foot-4, 210-pound Wright said Fresno State was his lone scholarship offer and the Bulldog coaches made the Class of 2016 prospect feel comfortable with saying yes to their pledge.
“I know what Fresno State is capable of and their record last year had no type of contribution to my commitment. With the new coaching staff, the bulldog fans and the new athletes Fresno State has landed, we have a bright future,” Wright said. “Every single coach was easy going and easy to talk to. I felt comfortable with the entire staff. We talked about everything not just football and business. That's one of the reasons I committed there.”
Wright shined on an exotic Buena Park defense that often confused opponents with its multiple fronts and pressure schemes. Regardless if he lined up in a two-point stance or three, Wright pummeled quarterbacks and running backs as he led the Coyotes in tackles for a loss (19) and sacks (10.5).
The Bulldog coaches have told Wright that he’ll stay on the outside, but will likely be standing up instead of placing his hand on the ground before the snap.
“I'll be playing outside linebacker. They plan to put me primarily as an edge rusher but about 40 percent of time I will drop back into coverage,” Wright said.
While Wright wasn’t the most heavily wanted recruit, he said he did draw brief interest from Weber State, Colorado State and Texas-El Paso.
Now that Wright got his commitment out the way, he has no desire to bolt from the Bulldogs.
Said Wright: “That’s not even a thought on my mind (de-committing). I'm going to be a bulldog for the rest of my life.”