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Commitment Spotlight – Charles Wright

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The future quarterback room at Texas has undergone a lot of changes recently. First, Texas added the top prospect in the class of 2022, in Southlake Carroll quarterback Quinn Ewers. That move prompted 2021 quarterback and former Texas commit, Jalen Milroe, to switch to Alabama. 

The move left a gaping hole in Texas’s 2021 class for a signal-caller. That hole was recently filled with local product and Austin High School quarterback Charles Wright. 

Wright originally committed to Iowa State back in February, but with Milroe’s decommittment, Wright flipped and is now staying home in Austin to attend Texas. Wright is a three-star commit via the 247Sports Composite. He’s ranked as the 39th pro-style quarterback for his class and the 166th prospect overall in the state of Texas for 2021.

Wright earned first-team all-district honors last year as a junior. Over the past two years for Austin High, he  has thrown for 5,372 yards with 53 touchdowns to 21 interceptions. Wright also held offers from Arkansas, NC State, Texas State, Texas State and North Texas.

Player Information:

Name: Charles Wright
Position: Quarterback
High School: Austin High School
City, State: Austin, TX

Measurables:

Height: 6’1
Weight: 195

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Three Best Traits

Deep Ball Touch – Wright has a fantastic arm. He can sling it down the field with ease. Whether it’s a deep fade to the back corner of the endzone or hitting his guy 50 yards down the sideline, Wright has great touch on his deep balls. 

Pure Pocket Passer – At 6’1 and nearly 200-pounds, Wright has great size to sit in the pocket and let it rip. He’s a great pro-style prospect and an elite pocket passer through and through. He certainly has enough mobility to move around, yet his true gift is to sit back, read a defense, and pick it apart perfectly.

Awareness – Wright has amazing awareness in the pocket. If the pocket is breaking down around him he can adapt. Wright has the coveted ‘eyes in the back of his head’ as well and can detect when a defender is coming for his head. His ability to pass from the pocket should translate well to Division-1 football.

Areas for Improvement

Mobility – Milroe and Wright are far different in terms of their style of play. Milroe is an absolute burner who can make defenses pay with his legs. Wright’s strength is in his capabilities through the air. Wright isn’t unathletic.  He has enough mobility to make defenses respect his running ability, however he’s not going to pose a running threat like Milroe does.

Winning Culture – Over the past two seasons with Wright at the helm, Austin High has seven wins to 13 losses. Of course, not all of this is on Wright, but with one year left, I would like to see Wright take over more ball games and really lead the Maroons to more victories.

Summary

While it’s never good to see your team lose out on a four-star prospect, the Longhorns are getting a solid replacement in Wright. Wright excels at passing from the pocket. The future Texas quarterback room looks bright. At least one more season of Sam Ehlinger followed by a future quarterback room of Hudson Card, Ja’Quinden Jackson, Casey Thompson, Charles Wright and Quinn Ewers. 

Conclusion

Wright becomes the Longhorns’ 17th hard commit for the class of 2021. The class has grown into the 15th ranked class in the nation via 247Sports but has fallen to second in the Big-12 behind Oklahoma. The commitment also hurts rival Iowa State as they lose out on their quarterback for 2021.

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