January 24, 2012

Wright's coach talks decision

Ramsey (N.J.) Don Bosco Prep cornerback Yuri Wright shocked many on Tuesday when he decided on Colorado over Rutgers and Notre Dame. The 6-foot-2, 180-pound cornerback is a good fit for the Buffs according to his former coach at Bosco.

"I think it's a very good fit for him," said ex-Bosco and current Bergen Catholic coach Bill Tierney who talked Wright into giving up basketball to play football. "He'll be coached by a guy in Greg Brown who has 15 years of NFL experience and has coached in the pros and in college. Yuri's situation coming out of high school is a lot like Jimmy Smith who was a first rounder. They had similar backgrounds and similar builds and I think Yuri will have the same kind of career."

Tierney, who coached defensive backs at Bosco during Wright's sophomore and junior seasons, thinks the sky is the limit for Wright.

"His potential is infinite," he said. "He will get better and better and better once he focuses on football and gets stronger and bigger. He's at his best when he's physical and he was one of the best tacklers on the team when I was there. He's also very smooth with little wasted motion. He likes to come up and hit in run support which is important."

Wright, who caused a stir with his Twitter feed a week ago that led to being expelled from Bosco, is also a good kid according to Tierney.

"He's a good kid that just like every other 17-year-old makes bad decisions in life," he said. "But he's moved past that. He knows he'll have to work harder moving forward to prove his character and he's ready to do that. The Twitter thing is dead, now it's time to focus on his career at Colorado."

Wright is ranked as the No. 7 cornerback in the country and No. 85 overall.

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