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The Oklahoman's Super 30: Vian's Solomon Wright is a force on defense

Tulsa Metro Christian's Asher Link (12) is brought down by Vian's Solomon Wright during the Class 2A football state championship game last December at Wantland Stadium in Edmond. Wright is committed to Texas Tech. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]
Tulsa Metro Christian's Asher Link (12) is brought down by Vian's Solomon Wright during the Class 2A football state championship game last December at Wantland Stadium in Edmond. Wright is committed to Texas Tech. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]

VIAN -- Solomon Wright has proved to be an explosive force on the defensive line.

Last season in the Class 2A state semifinals, Wright burst through the line of scrimmage and was in the backfield as the quarterback caught the snap. He laid a big hit, forced a fumble, picked it up and ran 43 yards for a touchdown to expand Vian’s lead.

It’s those types of plays that have catapulted Wright into the national spotlight.

“I believe this is my 22nd year going into and he’s the most explosive that I’ve coached,” Vian coach Gary Willis said. “Not only that, but he’s probably the most explosive player that I’ve coached against for those years.

“When he puts his hand down, it is time to go, whether it is practice, summer team camp, or state championship. He is going to fire off the ball violently.”

Wright is No. 12 on The Oklahoman’s 2021 Super 30 list of top football recruits in the state. As a 6-foot-1, 270-pound defensive lineman, he helped lead Vian to a near-perfect regular season and a state championship berth as a junior.

He finished the season with 124 tackles, 51 for loss, and 14 sacks. He led Vian’s stout defense to allow an average of just 13 points per game.

With his season, he was deemed a three-star prospect by Rivals.com. His twelve offers spanning across the Big 12, SEC and other conferences support his ranking. He committed to Texas Tech in May.

“The first day we had him in practice, he would have been a sophomore, we were doing drills with some seniors out there,” Willis said. “You knew immediately he was a pretty high caliber talent kid. Of course, I knew him and the family, so I knew he was a good athlete.”

Wright is the son of former Oklahoma State star and NFL linebacker Kenyatta Wright. Over the past three years, Willis has noticed the parallels in Wright’s talent.

“Just so much of it comes naturally,” Willis said. “Genetics are a special thing. Because he just does things that you haven’t seen a lot of other people do, just naturally, instinctively. The technique he plays with, you do coach it, but he does stuff sometimes and you’re like, ‘He’s just such a natural talent.’”

In April, Wright tweeted a video of him receiving a handoff and exploding through the line of scrimmage and barreling over an incoming linebacker. He captioned it, “Little [FullBack] next year, what y’all think?”

“With his speed, he’s going to play some in the backfield,” Willis said. “He’s going to play some fullback, H-Back and move around. His explosion is unbelievable. His first two steps are why he’s a D-I kid. It’s pretty impressive.”

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The Oklahoman's Super 30

Name: Solomon Wright

School: Vian

Super 30 ranking: No. 12

Height: 6-foot-1

Weight: 275 pounds

Position: Defensive Tackle

Committed to: Texas Tech

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About the series

The Oklahoman’s Super 30 feature series will spotlight each high school football player on the Super 30 recruit rankings for the 2021 class. The series continued Wednesday with No. 12, Vian’s Solomon Wright. See No. 11 on the list in Thursday’s edition of The Oklahoman. Here are the last five players featured:

No. 16: Tevin Williams, DB, Stillwater

No. 15: Makale Smith, DB, Midwest City

No. 14: Donovan Stephens, LB, Del City

No. 13: Rejhan Tatum, LB, Del City

No. 12: Solomon Wright, DL, Vian

James Jackson

James D. Jackson joined The Oklahoman in January 2020 to cover high school sports. He a University of Central Oklahoma graduate. During his time at UCO, James served as a sports reporter and Editor-in-Chief of the student newspaper, The Vista.... Read more ›

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