Cornerback Hopes to Follow in Dad's Footsteps

From "Whizzer" and Danny White to Anthony and Colin Parker, there have been a few father-son combinations that suited up for Arizona State. South Dakota cornerback Phil Wright, son of Dwaine "Tex" Wright hopes to be the latest of those Sun Devil legacy tandems. Devils Digest caught with Wright to talk about his recruitment and his dream school.

"My dad really loved it at Arizona State," said the 5-10 183 Phil Wright. "He said it was the time of his life and he would like me to go there. I've been there a few times when my dad was visiting his friends there. It's a beautiful campus, the stadium is great and I love the weather…I gotta get out of the cold (smile)."

The cornerback initiated the recruiting contact with the Sun Devils. He has been getting letters from ASU and he will attend the Sun Devil team camp in June. "I'm also going the Nike combine in Eugene," said Wright, "and after that I'm probably gonna go to the Iowa State camp – they're sending me a lot of letters." Wright added that he has unofficially visited Minnesota and Nebraska, and that he may also go to the Michigan team camp.



As a two-way player for O'Gorman High School in Sioux Falls, Wright had 954 yards rushing and ten touchdowns, while on defense he registered 25 tackles and six interceptions, two of whom he run back for scores. Two of his ten kickoff returns went for touchdowns as well. Wright was selected to the All-State team last year.

"I feel good with my coverage, but I need to work on my tackling," said Wright of his skills. "I run a 4.55 so I'm pretty quick, and I bench 225 lbs." The cornerback is also a sprinter for the Knights on the Track and Field squad running the 100 and 200 meters, as well as the 100x4 and 200x4.

Phil's father Dwaine Wright played fullback for the maroon and gold in the early 80's. He prepped at Pinkston High School in Dallas, and won the state championship. His most successful season in Tempe was as a junior in 1982 where he collected 428 yards and five TDs during ASU's 10-2 season.

"I'm basically taking after dad," said the younger Wright about playing running back in addition to cornerback. "But I love defense and I'll take that over offense. Most of the schools are recruiting me as a cornerback." Wright listed Champ Bailey as the NFL player he most admires and he has watched endless hours of film of the Denver Broncos cornerback in trying to emulate his game.

Coming from a small school in South Dakota, Wright knows that he has to put his name out there to be recognized, land his first scholarship offer and fulfill his goal of playing in a BCS conference. "We can go anywhere in the state," the cornerback said, "but we all want to get out of the state."

Wright admitted that his father has certainly been singing the virtues of ASU, but that he would also feel comfortable with any decision his son would make. Nonetheless, the cornerback stated that it would be hard to turn down the Sun Devils if they came calling.

"I grew up rooting for Arizona State and if they offered me a scholarship I'd probably accept it," said Wright. "Even though I don't think I'll commit early I would commit to Arizona State if they offered early. Ever since I was a little kid I heard my dad's stories about it, and that's where I want to go."

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