Wright wanted to be part of the Crimson Tide family
De'Rickey Wright became commitment No. 14 for the Crimson Tide last week when he committed to Alabama over offers from LSU, Notre Dame, Tennessee, and Texas A&M, among many others.
“I just really wanted to go there,” the Attalla (Ala.) Etowah product said. “I didn’t want to waste any time, so I just went ahead and committed. I really didn’t have the urge to build it up and everything. I just wanted to be a part of the Crimson Tide family, so I pulled the trigger.”
The Tide staff, including his primary recruiter Holmon Wiggins, were happy to learn of Wright’s decision.
“They were excited and they were ready for me to get back down there,” Wright said, recalling how the coaches reacted when he told them. “It was exciting.”
Excitement is an understatement when it comes to hometown reaction, as Wright says people out in public have been telling him Roll Tide and congratulations since he’s announced his decision.
As for where the 6-foot-3, 220-pounder projects with the Tide, Wright says Nick Saban talked about the safety position upon offering back in February. His true position may not be determined for a few more months.
“I’m still supposed to go to a camp this summer,” Wright said. “So I’ll go up there and they’ll get a feel for me of what position I’ll be at.”
“I just want to be able to contribute in some way,” he said.
Ultimately, it was the people that sold Wright on the opportunity to play for the Tide.
“How family-oriented they are,” he said of what he likes best about the program. “Since I committed I’ve been able to keep in contact with their other commits and stuff, build a relationship with them.”
Wright doesn’t only excel on the football field. He also plays baseball, basketball and even tennis at one point. As for a potential future on the diamond, the in-state standout says he hasn’t made his mind up on that just yet.
So for those that aren’t familiar with De’Rickey Wright, what is Alabama getting in its latest pledge?
“A hard, humble worker,” he said. “I’m going to work hard and I’m not going to be the one that tries to be all flashy.”
Wright is rated the No. 26 athlete and the No. 392 overall player in the country, per the industry-generated 247Sports Composite Rankings.