Florida State lost one of its top recruits Thursday. In a move that was a long time coming, safety Daniel Wright flipped from the Seminoles to Alabama.
Sources say FSU’s staff had worked to keep Wright, but realized he was likely gone, to an Alabama program that isn’t really recruiting right now, but rather selecting, having had the No. 1 class nationally for seven years now.
Here is Tomahawk Nation’s article on Wright from the summer.
FSU safety recruit Daniel Wright raves about Noles: Will he co...
Florida State Seminoles Football lands a commit from safety Daniel Wright.Posted by TomahawkNation.com on Wednesday, June 15, 2016
Daniel Wright, the little brother of former Florida Gator great Major Wright, committed to Florida State Wednesday after consistently having FSU leading throughout his recruiting process. Wright is 6'1, 187 pounds and is rated four stars. He's been on FSU's radar since his freshman year and is one of the school's top priorities at defensive back. Wright has played for Ft. Lauderdale (Fla.) Cardinal Gibbons, but may be transferring to St. Thomas Aquinas.
In this video interview, above, Wright raved about his relationship with defensive coordinator Charles Kelly, as well as defensive assistant Jeremiah Wilson and his area recruiter, Bill Miller, who coaches linebackers for Florida State.
Wright has more than 30 offers, including most of the elites in the country. He is rated the 12th overall safety and the 129th overall player by the 247Sports Composite Rankings.
Wright already has plans to bring other players to Florida State, and isn't shy about his love for the school.
"The environment here and the family connection," Wright said when asked what it was that put FSU over the top.
While FSU is certainly disappointed to lose a player, at least he is not being lost to a true recruiting rival. Alabama is simply lapping the field right now in recruiting. And FSU has a decent bit of momentum on the recruiting trail at present in the Sunshine State.