There’s just something about Nebraska that has 4-star defensive end Stephon Wright interested in the program.
“I don’t know why to tell you the truth,” Wright told Land of 10.
But press Wright — the No. 17 strongside defensive end and No. 214 overall prospect in the 2019 recruiting class, according to the 247Sports composite rankings — why the Huskers have a foothold in his recruitment, and he will elaborate.
“For one, it’s just the tradition and history of the program,” Wright said. “With the new coaching staff, I think things are going to go well out there. I can’t wait until I get a chance to go up there and see everything in person.”
Wright has plans to visit in the coming weeks, although an exact weekend has not been selected yet. The Los Angeles Cathedral standout isn’t sure if he will be there for a Huskers junior day on March 31 or the spring game on April 14. Wright said he doesn’t really have a preference, but is intrigued by the spectacle that will be the spring game.
If that’s enough to believe Wright is taking Nebraska just as seriously as it is looking him, then consider this statement.
“Nebraska’s within my top schools that I’m looking at,” he reaffirmed.
As of now, Wright said Arizona State, Cal, Washington and Southern California are recruiting him the hardest. He has spring visits to those schools, aside from USC which he’s already visited, lined up. Those visits will be unofficial visits. He’ll wait until the fall to use his official visits.
Wright said his strongest relationship on the recruiting trail at the moment is with USC defensive line coach Kenechi Udeze.
“They welcomed me into their family with open arms,” Wright said of Udeze and USC. “They talk to me. They keep it real with me and stuff like that. It’s just a good relationship we have.”
That relationship is currently working in the Trojans’ favor. Three of the four 247Sports Crystal Ball predictions have been cast in the USC’s favor. Oklahoma holds the other one.
Nebraska offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach Troy Walters, who is the area recruiter for California, has naturally taken the lead for Wright. Walters said California can still be a stable recruiting ground for the Huskers, even if not to the level it was under coach Mike Riley.
Wright has also spoken with coach Scott Frost.
“It was cool,” Wright said. “He was just telling me how excited they are about recruiting me. They can’t wait to see me when I come up there.”
Wright said he would like to improve on his overall consistency during his senior season. He said his strengths are that he’s physical and fast for a 6-foot-3, 260-pound prospect.
“I have good physicality,” he said. “Quickness, I’m quick.”
Pulling Wright out of California will not be easy. But the Huskers will have a chance to show him what Lincoln is all about when he arrives to campus. What’s important is that Wright is giving Nebraska a chance.
And the way this staff recruits, that might be the only thing they need.