Here’s a hundred-percent reason to remember the name Yuri Wright.
Another story we wish we spotted sooner, but better late than never.
Yuri Wright was a senior at Don Bosco Prep in Ramsey, N.J., a football factory in the New York media market. He was the 40th-ranked player on the ESPNU 150 — and the fourth-best cornerback prospect in the country — was kicked out of school on Jan. 18 for what was deemed sexually graphic and racial commentary on his Twitter account.
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We’re using the term “deemed” because, hey, it’s America. Everyone is entitled to free speech (right?) and their own opinion. Was he saying anything that you wouldn't expect an ordinary 18-year-old kid to be thinking? Well, you be the judge.
Wright lost scholarship offers from Rutgers, Notre Dame and Michigan. However, he reportedly committed to Colorado Tuesday, according to a former coach. National signing day is Feb. 1.
Anyway, Wright’s tweets — and they are graphic in nature — are quite funny. While they straddle the line of what might be considered socially acceptable commentary, they don’t advocate violence or illegal activity (save a few marijuana references).
We’d liken him to an R-rated version of Chad Ochocino, and we fully expect a long Shaquille O’Neal-like career for this young man.
He's also quite good at football. Look for him around the 40-second mark (he's No. 3).