An eventful eight days in quarterback recruiting for the Texas Longhorns culminated on Saturday with the flip of Austin High’s Charles Wright to the Longhorns from the Iowa State Cyclones.
In those eight days, the Longhorns also landed a commitment from 2022 Southlake Carroll quarterback Quinn Ewer, considered by some the best quarterback prospect since Vince Young, but also lost the commitment of Katy Tompkins quarterback Jalen Milroe.
The decision by Milroe to flip to Alabama left Texas head coach Tom Herman and offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich looking like a quarterback in the 2021 recruiting class.
Enter Wright, a 6’1, 194-pounder who camped at Iowa State and took an unofficial visit last fall before pledging to the Cyclones in February. Wright picked up subsequent offers from Arkansas and North Carolina State, but it was hometown Texas that caught his attention as the coaches shifted their focus to him.
Wright committed on Saturday as soon as he received his offer from the Longhorns, a move that was building through the week — Steve Wiltfrong of 247Sports put in a Crystal Ball pick for Texas on Thursday.
A two-year starter at Austin High, Wright broke out as a sophomore when he threw for 2,862 yards and 26 interceptions, along with seven rushing touchdowns. His interception rate was only 1.8 percent that year, but jumped to 3.5 percent as a junior.
“Very strong, very athletic, got a strong arm but yet still can throw the catchable ball and not the hard heavy ball,” quarterback trainer Jeff Blake told 247Sports. “Has good anticipation on his balls, knows when the pocket is getting tight, he fights to stay in the pocket, he moves, he doesn’t just take off and run, that allows him to hit the secondary and third receiver.”
A consensus three-star prospect, Wright is ranked as the No. 1,128 player nationally and the No. 39 pro-style quarterback, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings.