ORLANDO, Fla. — Daniel Wright flipped from Florida State to Alabama in December, but the wheels on that decision started turning a month earlier when he took an official visit to Tuscaloosa for the Mississippi State game in mid-November.
Wright, a 4-star safety from Boyd Anderson High School (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.), told SEC Country at the Under Armour game check-in event that once he took the trip to Alabama in November, he knew the Crimson Tide was the team he’d play for in college.
“That was the impact on me going there because that’s when I saw it for myself — I was able to have the atmosphere around me,” Wright said. “I could see myself being there for the next three to four years. That visit was the main impact on me going there, but at the same time, it was the coaches and the staff.”
In addition to the visit to the game day environment, what made him sold on Alabama wasn’t what it can offer him on the field, but off it. Wright wants to major either in sports marketing or sports management, and the academic sales pitch he received from the staff sealed his commitment to the Tide.
“They have a lot of fields there that are No. 1,” Wright said. “That’s where I can see myself perfecting my craft there and getting a better career. That’s what really brought me in.”
Another big reason why he ultimately flipped from the Seminoles to the Tide is because of his relationship with offensive line coach Mario Cristobal, who’s been recruiting him since freshman year. Though he was a long-time commitment to Florida State, Alabama never stopped recruiting him.
When it looked like Wright wasn’t 100 percent set with Alabama, the coaching staff turned up the heat on him — specifically Cristobal.
“It was a great process going with Coach Cristobal,” Wright said. “He’s one of the best coaches I’ve ever known. He’s a great father, coach and teacher on the field. Having that connection with him and engaging with him really made me know where I want to be and what I want to do.”
The nation’s No. 15 safety will enroll at Alabama on Jan. 8. When he gets there, he has his sights on getting a starting position in the defensive backfield. With Eddie Jackson moving on from the program, Wright knows he has a good opportunity to play right away.
“I’m going to make that impact at Alabama,” Wright said. “There are no ifs ands or buts about it. I’m going to come in to work and build my craft to where I need to be. With the influence of all the coaches I have — Saban, Ansley and Cristobal — is going to help me out a lot.
“I have — probably — a 100 percent chance of going there early and making an impact my freshman year. The opportunity I have is great.”
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