Austin High quarterback Charles Wright grew up a Longhorns fan, living minutes from campus. The three-star gunslinger was able to achieve a life-long dream on Aug. 22 when he flipped his commitment from Iowa State. Wright is one of 17 pledges in UT’s 2021 class that ranks 15th in the nation and second in the Big 12. He was a first-team all-district selection as a junior. Wright is the only quarterback Texas plans to sign.
At what age did you fall in love with football?
I’ve always loved football, but looking back on it I would say my love for the game became much stronger and more meaningful in my seventh grade and freshman season. Both years I was either a backup or not in the situation I wanted to be in, which set a fire in me. Those situations drove me to work and grind like not many people would be willing to do. While those situations are definitely not my “biggest highlights,” those situations did make me truly appreciate the game of football and all the little things that go into being a football player and leader.
What made Texas your choice?
Not only has Teas been a team that I’ve rooted for and loved my whole life, but having an opportunity to come and compete at one of the most competitive schools in the country was a challenge and an opportunity I couldn’t pass up. Coach (Mike) Yurcich has also installed an offense that I know I can thrive in. Top to bottom, Texas has everything a college football player and student could ask for and is a place where I want to be.
What do you want to accomplish at Texas?
When you’re at the University of Texas, you have to think big. Definitely win a national championship. Right now my goal is to get on campus and show everyone the skill set I bring to the team and earn everyone’s trust and respect.
What’s the hardest part of the recruiting process?
Trying to understand the recruiting process. It’s different for everyone. It’s hard to create all these relationships with coaches knowing that you can only pick one school. At the end of the day, all you can do is focus on getting yourself and your team better. By making yourself and your team better you put yourself in a position to have options.
What excites you most about college?
The opportunity to compete on one of the top teams in the country and the unknown of what will happen over the next four years.
What word would you use to describe Tom Herman?
What artist would you most like to see live?
Lil Baby or NBA YoungBoy.
“The Shawshank Redemption.”
Favorite athlete of all time?
Favorite sport to watch other than football?
PLAYER POS. HIGH SCHOOL STARS COMMITMENT DATE
Hayden Conner OT Katy Taylor 4 July 23 (2019)
Juan Davis WR/TE Everman 3 July 26 (2019)
Billy Bowman ATH Denton Ryan 4 July 31 (2019)
Derrick Harris Jr. DE New Caney 4 Aug. 3 (2019)
Ja'Tavion Sanders ATH Denton Ryan 5 Sept. 8 (2019)
Jordon Thomas DE Port Arthur Memorial 4 May 2
Morice Blackwell OLB Arlington Martin 4 May 10
Jonathon Brooks RB Hallettsville 3 May 15
Casey Cain WR Warren Easton (La.) 3 May 15
Isaac Pearson P ProKick Austrailia NR May 29
Ishmael Ibraheem CB Dallas Kimball 4 June 15
JD Coffey S Kennedale 4 June 15
Jamier Johnson CB John Muir (Pasadena, Calif.) 4 July 3
Gunnar Helm TE Cherry Creek (Englewood, Colo.) 3 July 27
Michael Myslinski C Bishop Kennedy (Jacksonville, Fla.) 3 Aug. 6
Jaden Alexis WR Monarch Prep (Pompano Beach, Fla.) 3 Aug. 8
Charles Wright QB Austin 3 Aug. 22
Max Merril OT Strake Jesuit 3 Sept. 25