The Swamp puts a smile on safety Wright’s face

Florida Gators fans may not know a lot about 2017 defensive back Daniel Wright (6-0, 175, Fort Lauderdale, FL Cardinal Gibbons) now but they will after learning that he’s the younger brother of former Gators safety Major Wright.

The younger Wright wants to make his own decision and path, but he’s getting some advice from his older brother on the process.

“Major tells me that I’m on my own with my decision,” Wright said. “He said that he wants me to learn my own my experience, so he says he isn’t going to tell me everything about the process. He does give me some advice on the most important pieces of the process.”

One thing that Major continues to tell the younger Wright about is the Swamp, and the feeling you get when while playing in the loud stadium.

“He told me that Florida will feel like home when you step foot on campus,” he said. “It definitely felt like home when I stepped in the Swamp so I know he was being true about that. He has also been telling me about the defense but I need to get more information on them.”

Last year Wright experienced his first game in the Swamp since Major left Florida and he definitely enjoyed his time in Gainesville because of that visit.

“The Swamp is a great experience and is something that puts a smile on your face,” Wright said. “If you’re having a bad day it will change your day. The atmosphere is wild and crazy I love it there. I can tell you that.

The Florida Gators know that they’re going to have recruit Wright hard and they’re selling him on being the next great defensive back to play at Florida.

“Florida is recruiting me just as a defensive back,” he said. “The defense is A1 there and the way they run their defense is great. They have Quincy Wilson at cornerback and he tells me a lot about the way they run their defense there.”

Florida has two coaches including defensive backs coach Kirk Callahan working on Wright and Callahan is selling just one message right now.

“Coach Callahan and Coach [Kerry] Dixon are both recruiting me to Florida,” Wright said. “Coach Cal is telling me that he just wants me up there on a visit so he can show me what I need to know. He’s a younger guy that I relate too because of him being young.”

Callahan was a graduate assistant when Wright’s older brother played at Florida and Callahan reminds the younger Wright of that all the time.

“Coach Cal told me that he and Major have had talks about me,” he said. “Coach Cal told me that he would talk to me about it when he seen me but I know that Coach Cal helped my brother out on the field.”

Wright has made news in the past by saying he wants to make his own legacy but he says that doesn’t hurt the Florida Gators at all.

“Florida is still up in their in the top because I’m going to be building my own legacy and not about Major,” Wright said when asked if Major going to UF helps or hurts Florida. “If I go to Florida it’s going to be because Daniel Wright wants to go there and not because Major Wright went there.”

Despite the Gators having an in with the Wright family, Florida trails another instate school for Wright’s signature.

“Florida State is still my leader and Florida is right behind,” he said. “Florida is my first visit planned for this spring, then I’m going to Clemson, Alabama and Ohio State too.”

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Andrew Spivey
Andrew always knew he wanted to be involved with sports in some capacity. He began by coaching high school football for six years before deciding to pursue a career in journalism. While coaching, he was a part of two state semifinal teams in the state of Alabama. Given his past coaching experience, he figured covering recruiting would be a perfect fit. He began his career as an intern for, covering University of Florida football recruiting. After interning with Rivals for six months, he joined the Gator Country family as a recruiting analyst. Andrew enjoys spending his free time on the golf course and watching his beloved Atlanta Braves. Follow him on Twitter at @AndrewSpiveyGC.