Wright savoring last weeks

Philip Wright signed with Arizona in February. Read on to find out what he has been doing since signing day, how Coach Gibson's departure effected him, and more.

With Arizona's defense ranking near the bottom of the Pac-12 last season, Head Coach Rich Rodriguez knew that he needed to revamp a thin unit in the offseason. He and the other coaches signed twelve defensive players in the 2013 class.

Five of those new Wildcats that signed are linebackers. One in particular, Philip Wright, who also goes by "Scooby", can't wait to get to campus and start contributing.

"I'm just really excited to get down there," Wright said. "I've been trying to get ready physically, but the college weight room is a lot better than a high school one."

Wright, who reports to Tucson on June 1st, has been constantly working on his physique since his high school season ended in the fall. He works out six times a day, but has just recently been able to use the workouts given to him by the Arizona coaches.

"I try to stick to their plan to the best of my ability," he said. "On Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays I get in the gym and do my weight lifting. The packet I got has me doing more weight and more reps.

"Then on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, I go out for a run in the morning. It's not always enough, so I try to add in extra conditioning when I can."

The linebacker has stuck with his workouts, just as he stuck with Arizona although there were plenty of people close to him that left the program. One of the fellow commits that Wright had formed a bond with decided to change his commitment from Arizona to another Pac-12 school.

"When I was on my official visit, the guy that I talked to the most was Tony Mekari," Wright said. "However, he had to make a tough decision and now he's going to California. He had to do what's best for him."

On top of that, Wright was recruited to Arizona by former Wildcat coach Tony Gibson, who left Tucson after just one season. He helped get the linebacker in an Arizona uniform, but then decided to take a similar position at West Virginia.

"It was a hit at first, but I connected with the other coaches as well," Wright said. "There is still Coach (Matt) Dudek and Coach (Jeff) Casteel. He's going to be coaching me in my position and that's one of the main reasons I wanted to go to Arizona.

"(Casteel) called me right after Coach Gibson left and told me they still liked me and would love to have me. That meant a lot, but I was already sold on Arizona."

As his high school career is coming to an end, the senior is trying to relax and enjoy his time. One thing he is doing in particular is spending time with his friends and family.

"I'm really just trying to enjoy the last few weeks of high school," Wright said. "I've been making sure to hang out with all my friends from school and getting some time in with my parents and my girlfriend."

Wright's family has been an important keystone in his development as a player. They have supported him and he is being sure to be appreciative.

"My family has been really supportive throughout the whole process," he said. "I couldn't have asked for anything more. They all keep me motivated and wanting to get better. I can't be thankful enough."


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