Daniel Wright Tweets Top Schools: Odds on Where 4-Star Lands

Sanjay Kirpalani@@SanjayKirpalaniNational Recruiting AnalystApril 27, 2016

4-star S Daniel Wright has cut his list of finalists to 11 lucky programs.
4-star S Daniel Wright has cut his list of finalists to 11 lucky programs.Credit: Student Sports

With 33 offers to his credit, 4-star safety Daniel Wright has begun the process of shrinking his number of suitors.

On Wednesday morning, Wright announced the 11 schools that are left in the race to land his signature on national signing day:

Among the schools that made his cut are Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, LSU, Maryland, Miami, Notre Dame, Ohio State and USC.

Last month, the 6’1”, 182-pounder from Cardinal Gibbons High School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, singled out in-state power Florida State as the program that stood out to him.

Are the Seminoles still in the driver’s seat to land the nation’s No. 8 safety and the No. 103 overall player in the 2017 cycle? 

Let’s take a look at the odds for the main players in Wright’s recruitment.

Back of the Pack: Auburn, Maryland, Notre Dame, Ohio State and USC

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Wright has a number of out-of-state powerhouses trying to lure him out of the Sunshine State.

Auburn, Maryland, Notre Dame, Ohio State and USC have all enjoyed success recruiting in the state of Florida in recent years.

The next step for these programs to move up in Wright’s list would be to get him on campus in the coming months or secure one of his official visits in the fall.

Last month, Wright told Bleacher Report that Auburn is on his short list to receive a visit from him before the season, while Notre Dame is on track to receive an official visit.

12-1: Alabama, Clemson, Florida and LSU

Wright is the younger brother of current Bucs safety and former Florida Gators star Major Wright.

That connection should help Gators head coach Jim McElwain and his staff remain in the thick of the chase for Wright until he makes a decision.

Earlier this month, Wright told Ryan Bartow of 247Sports that LSU was his No. 2 and that Alabama, Clemson and Florida were tied for third on his list.

While they currently aren’t at the top of Wright’s list, it’s clear that each of these programs is in a position to make a move for him as his decision date approaches.

10-1: Miami

One school that has hosted Wright on campus multiple times in recent months is local power Miami. 

New Hurricanes head coach Mark Richt and his staff are placing an emphasis on getting the top talent in South Florida to stay home and play for the Canes.

As detailed by Nate Adelson of InsideTheU, Wright came away impressed with the Hurricanes’ new defensive scheme and has developed a tight bond with safeties coach Ephraim Banda.

"The relationship I built with Coach Banda at one of their spring practices, that visit had a big impact on me," Wright told Adelson. "I love the atmosphere out there now, and how they run the defense is kind of my way. I wanted to take that shot by going out there, seeing how they roll, and I can tell you Miami is very high on my list."

With the new energy inside the Canes program, Miami could be a dangerous sleeper emerging in Wright’s recruitment moving forward.

5-1: Florida State

Despite the recent movement with Wright, the Seminoles have consistently been at the forefront of his leaderboard.

The feeling is mutual, as head coach Jimbo Fisher and his staff have done a good job of making Wright feel like a priority recruit.

“I’d say FSU is really going after me,” Wright told Bleacher Report last month. “[Florida State is] a top-notch program. They are showing me what I should do if I come there and what it takes to be successful up there. I have [linebackers coach] Bill Miller and [defensive graduate assistant] Jeremiah Wilson, and [head] coach Jimbo Fisher has been talking to me a lot.”

Additionally, Wright admits he’s been studying former Noles All-American defensive back Jalen Ramsey heavily in the offseason.

As long as FSU continues to recruit Wright aggressively, it will be hard for other suitors to overcome its status atop his list.

Sanjay Kirpalani is a National Recruiting Analyst for Bleacher Report. Unless otherwise noted, all quotes obtained firsthand and all recruiting information courtesy of 247Sports.