November 23, 2010

CSU still in the hunt for Vegas runner

By keeping his focus on his high school football season, Las Vegas running back Brandon Wright said he has put off his college recruitment, but enjoyed a strong season that could end up with a Nevada State football title. The 5-foot-10, 173-pound running back from Palo Verde High School will play in the state semi-finals this weekend.

"This week we will be playing for semi-state and everything has gone well this season," Wright said. "I think I have about 1,500 yards, but I got injured about four games back, I strained my groin, but I got back in the mix last week and everything feels good."

Wright is ranked as a three-star prospect by Rivals.com and number three prospect in the state of Nevada and the number six all-purpose back in the nation. He has been timed at 4.4 seconds in the 40-yard dash.

Wright holds scholarship offers from Arizona State, Arizona, Colorado State, Colorado, California, Hawaii, Illinois, New Mexico State, San Diego State, UNLV and Utah. With such a bevy of available schools, he said he has some criteria for who he will visit and ultimately play for at the next level. Chief among them is the opportunity to play running back in college. He said some schools have offered him as a running back, while others are asking him to consider playing cornerback and safety. He said he is looking specifically at schools who will give him a shot at toting the ball.

"I just like teams with coaches who can pick up the phone and just call to see how I am doing," Wright said. "To me, if you aren't concerned with how my season is going and how I am doing, things like that, then you aren't concerned with me being on your team. I take that into perspective because I don't want to go anywhere I am not wanted."

Wright said at this point, he plans to take visits to Nevada-Reno, Cal, San Diego State and Utah and is still holding that fifth official visit opportunity open. He said Colorado State has a shot at getting him on-campus next month.

"I like Colorado State because I think I would be able to go in and make an impact as a freshman," Wright said. "I don't think I would have to redshirt. I am going to start getting bigger when the season is over and get to about 200 pounds when I get to college. I think with what I bring to the table, I would be able to be an impact right away."

Wright said he plans to major in either criminal justice of business management and is looking forward to the next phase of recruitment.

"Basically, I am going to take the visits and see how everything goes," he said. "I am going to take the visits in December. I am more focused on my season than anything, so I didn't want to go during the season."


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