Dr. Phillips football’s star safety Maliki Wright plans to announce college commitment July 1

The Panthers’ 6-foot, 190-pound three-star defensive back will decide his college future from among schools like Duke, Iowa State, NC State and Missouri.

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Dr. Phillips football’s Maliki Wright, a 6-foot, 190-pound three-star defensive back,  has announced via his social media accounts that he will be committing his college football future on July 1. 

Of the various D-I offers Wright is considering, some of the most notable are Power 4 programs like Duke, Iowa State, NC State and Missouri. 

Wright was often deployed in both single-high and cover-two schemes at the safety position for coach Rodney Wells’ Panther defense. He is an ultra-athletic and all-around defensive back who can load the box and use his aggression to make tackles or line up deep and use his speed and anticipation to break up the opponent’s passing game.

In 2023, Wright made 74 total tackles (four for a loss), caught two interceptions and had one sack during his 10 games.



Sam Albuquerque

A native of João Pessoa, Brazil, Sam Albuquerque moved in 1997 to Central Florida as a kid. After earning a communications degree in 2016 from the University of Central Florida, he started his career covering sports as a producer for a local radio station, ESPN 580 Orlando. He went on to earn a master’s degree in editorial journalism from Northwestern University, before moving to South Carolina to cover local sports for the USA Today Network’s Spartanburg Herald-Journal. When he’s not working, you can find him spending time with his lovely wife, Sarah, newborn son, Noah, and dog named Skulí.

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