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Winston Wright of Memorial Day School in Savannah, Ga., is a Rivals three-star recruit who committed to West Virginia for 2019.

 

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — To the surprise of no one, West Virginia coaches cued up a reel of Tavon Austin highlights when receiver Winston Wright Jr. visited campus.

The comparisons have only increased in the 48 hours since Wright became WVU’s seventh commitment for 2019.

“I get that all the time,” said the receiver who made some wildcat carries last season for Memorial Day School in Savannah, Ga. “At West Virginia, they’re looking to play me in the backfield, slot, punt return and kick return.”

A three-star Rivals prospect with 29 FBS offers including North Carolina, Kansas State, Duke and UCF, Wright is a former teammate of Mountaineers 2018 signee Sam James, a receiver from nearby Richmond Hill, Ga. But Wright told MetroNews “Sportsline” that their friendship wasn’t the overriding compulsion to join the Mountaineers.

“Sam, that’s one of my closest friends,” Wright said. “He told me I should check it out, but he really wasn’t pressuring me to come to West Virginia.

“I wanted to go somewhere I could be happy even without playing football. When I visited, it just fit me, so I fell in love with it.”

So what about the similarities between the 5-foot-10 Wright and the 6-1 James?

“He’s one of those deep-type receivers that can go up and get it. I’m one of the scat-like, so I can take it to the house on screens and slants,” Wright said.

After helping Memorial Day to two Georgia independent school state titles in the past three years, Wright wants his senior season to conclude with another ring. This he chose this week to commit to WVU and relieve the recruiting intensity.

“I did it so I could be focused on my team and during the season,” said Wright, who knows being a Power 5 commitment will make him a marked man. “It’s exciting because everywhere you go people know your name. But you’ve got to prove yourself and show it on the field.”

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