PLANTATION, Fla. — Daniel Wright’s favorite team growing up was the Florida Gators, but that has not carried over to his recruitment.
The four-star safety from Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) Cardinal Gibbons is favoring an in-state school and has two SEC programs in his top five, but UF isn’t one of them.
“Florida is in the mix,” Wright said, “but they’re not up there.”
His older brother, Major Wright, played safety for the Gators from 2007-09 and started on the 2008 national championship team. In the title game, he made a one of the most memorable hits in Florida football history.
“It will never grow old,” the younger Wright said of the play.
He attended UF home games as a kid and is very familiar with the program, which he said helps the Gators’ chances.
“Florida is home. It’s been that way for me since I was little because my brother played there,” Wright said. “So I know everything about that school and I’m going to visit there again soon.”
So what’s keeping the Gators from being one of his top teams?
The 6-foot, 172-pounder said he’s closer with coaches at other schools. Florida State is currently the leader for him.
“The coaching staff over there is like a brotherhood,” Wright said of the Seminoles. “They teach me a lot of things I should know outside of football. That’s what I like the most about them.”
Wright listed FSU, LSU, Clemson, Auburn and Miami as his top five schools. He’s yet to visit Clemson and LSU, but plans to this summer along with Alabama, Auburn and Oklahoma.
The Under Armour All-American added that at this time, FSU and LSU are the only official visits he’ll definitely take before his signing-day decision.
For Florida to receive one of his trips and become a contender, his relationship with new secondary coach Torrian Gray will be key.
“He’s a great coach and we’ve talked,” Wright said. “We’re looking to build some chemistry. I know some of the DB’s at Florida already, so I just need to get to know coach Gray.”