Jordan linebacker Markus Wright announced his commitment to Army on Tuesday in a decision he said came down to the prestige of the institution.
While many FBS athletes focus only on football and which elite program can best position them for the professional level, Wright said that a school like Army can prepare him for life after college whether on or off a football field.
“Just the amount of prestige that goes along with the institution,” he said. “There’s so much respect and honor, and it just sets you up for life.”
Wright selected Army over fellow service school Navy and South Alabama, among others. He visited both Army and Navy over the past two weeks, and said Army felt like the right fit.
“It really did feel like home,” he said. “They were welcoming, and there’s a lot of youth. Everybody’s confident right now. The only way is up.”
Wright was previously committed to California, but de-committed after the end of his senior high school season. While he really liked the university, he didn’t feel like it was the best choice for him and decided to reopen his recruitment.
He said he hasn’t discussed playing time or anything like that with Army, but that he’s in a rigorous workout program right now trying to get better every day.
“It’s all about making progress for me,” he said. “I want to make the best impact I can.”
Wright was a first-team All-Bi-City selection this past season, recording 60 tackles, three for loss, and an interception returned for a touchdown in only seven games. He plans to sign his national letter of intent on national signing day on Feb. 3.