As Columbia (Ga.) Jordan senior outside linebacker Markus Wright knows, moving cross-country is an important decision to vet. On Wednesday night, the 3-star linebacker decommitted from Cal after pledging to the Golden Bears in June.
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“For a while, me and my family have been thinking over the issue with it being so far from home and everything,” Wright told Today’s U. “With our current situation monetarily and transportation-wise, it would be hard for us to go across the country every week and just to keep that connection because I’m a very family oriented person. I talked to coach and everything and we mutually agreed that it might not be the right fit for me.”
With Wright out of the equation, Cal’s 2016 class now sits at 22 committed prospects, which ranks No. 8 in the PAC-12 and No. 38 nationally according to 247Sports.com.
Apart from Cal, Wright sports offers from Air Force, Alabama A&M, Alcorn State, Army, Florida A&M, Kennesaw State, Mercer, Navy and South Alabama.
“Indiana visited me last week,” Wright said. “I had an in-home with South Alabama today. I have an official visit set up with West Point coming up pretty soon. I just talked to an Arizona State coach. I’m talking to a few people.”
Indiana defensive coordinator Brian Knorr took a visit to Wright’s school and the two had an opportunity to talk about the 3star prospect’s senior highlight tape, which can be viewed on Hudl.
“He was talking about how he watched my film and he really liked what he saw,” Wright said. “He should be calling me very soon and talking about possibly setting up a home visit as well.”
The Hoosiers could potentially offer Wright, who is the No. 130 outside linebacker in the country according to 247Sports.com, in the coming weeks, as Indiana is looking to round out its 2016 class. With that in mind, the linebacker is looking at a committing either on or shortly before National Signing Day.
“I know I have been talking about a few visits coming up right before signing day,” Wright said. “So possibly on signing day, possibly the week before signing day. Somewhere around signing day.”
This past season, Wright, who plays, safety, outside linebacker and tight end, suffered an injury but managed to play in the majority of his team’s games.
“I only played in seven games, so I had 60 tackles, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, a pick-six and I don’t know how many tackles for loss, but I had three sacks.” Wright said. “It was a pretty good season overall.”
What further amplified Wright’s injury was the general state of inexperience across the Jordan squad. The 2015 year served as a great learning process for many players and the team looks to come back rejuvenated with a deep returning roster.
“We had a majority of underclassmen,” Wright said. “We only had four seniors on the team this year. We had three coaches officially on the staff, so we were short-handed. We went 3-6, so it was a big redeveloping year for us.”
At the next level, Wright says that the majority of his interest comes on the defensive side of the ball.
“Most schools see me as an outside linebacker or possibly strong safety,” Wright said. “But I feel I can come off the edge and I’m athletic enough to cover a tight end or slot receiver, basically using my athletic ability anywhere my team needs me.”
The willingness to play anywhere should bode well for his college career.