One the nation's top 100 high school football players has committed to play for coach Jon Embree at Colorado after his recent expulsion from the school where he made a name for himself on the gridiron.
Cornerback Yuri Wright, a 6-foot-1, 180-pound recruit from Ramsey, N.J., committed this morning less than a week after he was expelled from Don Bosco Prep, a private Catholic school, following months of posting racial slurs and sexually explicit tweets on his Twitter account.
All the major recruiting services reported the commitment.
"I am proud to be a Buff and I am just happy that I made the decision," Wright told Rivals.com. "What sold me was just the great relationship I have with the coaches, the people
out there in Colorado and just everything about the school."
Wright was being recruited by dozens of schools early in he process. He had whittled down his list of favorites to Colorado, Michigan, Notre Dame and Rutgers in recent weeks, with Michigan considered the leader because he had said he had always dreamed of attending the school.
However, Michigan reportedly stopped recruiting Wright last week after he was expelled from Don Bosco. He made an official visit to Rutgers over the weekend and had previously visited CU in December and unofficially during the summer.
Wright will be reunited with his former high school teammate, Tony Jones, at CU. Jones will be a third-year sophomore running back for the Buffs in 2012.
Rivals rates Wright as the seventh best cornerback in the nation and the 85th best recruit in the 2012 class. Scout.com ranks Wright as the 10th best cornerback and the 146th best player in the class.
Wright is the 25th player to make an oral commitment to CU coaches in this cycle. Embree is expected to sign 27 or 28 players to national letters of intent on Feb. 1, the first day prospects are allowed to sign with programs. He is the 13th defensive player and the fourth cornerback in Colorado's class.