North Pole's Wright verbally commits to Rice University

FAIRBANKS, AK-Today Patriots wide receiver Lance Wright committed to play football at Division I Rice University in Houston, Texas.

Wright is a force at wide out for the Patriots. As a junior he was first team All-State and was the first Interior receiver to go over 1,000 yards in a single season and added 16 total touchdowns. He was the 8th ranked wide out in Alaska by MaxPreps.com last year.

Wright's goal was to go to a division one program. He had offers from some FCS schools and division two teams but Rice was his only division one FBS offer and he took it. A full ride offer too.

Rice is a member of Conference USA. Under six year head coach David Bailiff  the Owls finished with a 7-6 record and won last year's Armed Forces Bowl over Air Force.

Thanks to Coach Richard Henert I was able to reach Wright by phone. The rising senior was in Texas with family. The transition to Rice in Houston should be smooth for Wright since he has a lot of family in the state.

Wright told me the story of how the verbal commitment happened.

"My grandparents and I were out fishing and we're on the boat and my mom called me and said stop the boat. So we stopped the boat in the middle of the channel and there were a couple of boats passing us and stuff. Then she told me that the third receiver committed at Rice and I knew that they only had four spots," Wright said.

I was comfortable there and I like the coaches and the academics are obviously great because it's Rice. I mean that's what their known for is their academics," Wright said. He plans to focus on something business related when it comes to deciding what to major in.

"I felt comfortable committing and I called the coach; coach Larry Edmondson while I was on the boat and told them. He had me call the head coach [Bailiff] and then the receiver coach and yeah that was about it," Wright concluded.