Maryland football lands former Buffalo lineman Isaiah Wright

Maryland football now has its fourth portal addition along the offensive line for what’s expected to be the fifth and final starting spot for the 2024 season as former Rutgers and Buffalo lineman Isaiah Wright has announced his commitment to Maryland.

Wright, a 6-foot-4, 300-pound lineman, arrived on campus on May 10 for a visit and gave the staff his pledge once his visit was over that Sunday as head coach Mike Locksley lands an experienced piece at the biggest position of need. Wright is expected to arrive in College Park next Tuesday.

The New Jersey native started 18 consecutive games for Buffalo at left tackle before moving to center for the final six games of the 2023 season where he became part of an offensive line that tied for the third-fewest sacks allowed in the MAC. Wright transferred to Buffalo after spending two seasons at Rutgers, but after becoming a staple in the starting unit, he’ll head to College Park as the veteran lineman bounces back into the Big Ten.

Wright has a chance to step into a vacant starting spot at left tackle, his preferred position, to finalize the Terps’ starting offensive line for the 2024 season. After splitting reps through the 2023 season, Josh Kaltenberger moves full steam ahead as the expected starting center while Aliou Bah and Alan Herron transition to becoming the starting right guard and tackle for the fall. Kyle Long is in line to be the lone returner in the starting lineup after starting in six games and appearing in five more through the 2023 season. Now, offensive line coach Brian Braswell and assistant offensive line coach Damian Wroblewski look ahead to fall camp to finalize the starting unit.

Wright joins Aliou Bah (Georgia), Alan Herron (Shorter) and Josh Kaltenberger (Purdue) as portal additions in the trenches after the staff was tasked with replacing at least four starting spots this offseason. While Maryland was the only Power Four school in the country to not have any outgoing transfers, Wright also becomes the second portal addition for Locksley and company this spring after the program announced the signing of former Notre Dame punter Bryce McFerson earlier in May.

Wright enters the program with two years of eligibility, in addition to a COVID season if he elects to use it.

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