A 6-foot-6, 245-pound growing prospect can go through some threads, for sure, and based on the mail the family has been receiving, there is no shortage of schools eager to someday issue Wright some attire with a number and logo on it.
Alabama, Notre Dame, Oregon, Penn State, Maryland, Virginia Tech, Rutgers, Clemson, Wisconsin and Duke are among the schools that have contacted the left tackle in recent months. Hylton Coach Tony Lilly expects schools to begin to extend verbal offers soon, particularly after Wright decides what camps he would like to attend. Written offers cannot be extended until Aug. 1 before a recruit’s senior year, about 16 months away for Wright.
“He’s got a tremendous amount of attention right now,” Lilly said, adding that Wright is a “fantastic” student. “Most of the schools that have been through our building have him very high on their lists right now. I think the sky is really the limit for this kid. The path he’s on now I envision him having the ability to play anywhere in the country.”
“It’s a new and overwhelming time,” Kim Wright said. “I just think that it’s happening earlier than we thought of him getting some looks from some of these schools. We’re just kind of taking it all in. I think it’s kind of the calm before storm, but right now he’s just really excited about it.”
There are several athletes in Wright’s extended family, including cousin James Wright, a freshman receiver at LSU. Chasz Wright’s father, Chuck, is a fitness director for Fairfax County.
Wright would like to play tight end, his mother said, but at this point probably does not possess the speed to play that position in a big-time college program. Schools envision him remaining at tackle. He was new to left tackle last season at Hylton and did not play both ways so he could acclimate to the position. He is likely to play some defense this fall, Lilly said.
Wright was one of many standouts on the Hylton team that went unbeaten last regular season and lost to eventual state champion Battlefield in the Virginia AAA Northwest Region Division 6 semifinals. He was a deep reserve on the basketball team during the recently completed season.
“He’s not that 290-pound kid right now,” Lilly said, “but he has great hips, and a kid like that goes into college and puts on 30 pounds in a year and will be what they ideally want.”
Which likely would mean new clothes for his 19th birthday as well.