The Wright Stuff

Warren wideout Jarius Wright (5-11, 180, 4.4), a player the University of Arkansas and many other colleges covet, leads his fellow Lumberjacks to a 4-1 mark in pool play Friday at the Shootout of the South 7-on-7 Tournament in Little Rock.

LITTLE ROCK – If the decision was left up to Jarious Wright's dad to make, then there would be no debate where the Warren standout would be playing his college football.

"He is a real big Arkansas fan," Wright said Friday at the Shootout of the South. "If it was up to him, I would already be a Razorback. I might end up being, but I am going to make my own choice on this and he'll roll with whatever I decide."

Wright (5-11, 180, 4.4) – the third-ranked prep player in the state per Hawgs Illustrated – certainly has his options after a junior season when he had 51 catches for 1,085 yards and 15 touchdowns.

Arkansas was the first to offer both Wright and Warren wideout Greg Childs (6-4, 195, 4.5) first last year and since then many others have jumped into the mix.

Joining the Razorbacks are Tennessee, Texas Tech, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Ole Miss and Tulsa in offering while LSU is also showing interest.

"As of right now I really haven't thought of too many places I am going to visit," Wright said. "I will just let that take care of itself when it comes around. Right now I am just worried about our team and high school football."

Wright does say that Arkansas has done a very good job recruiting him.

"My impressions of Arkansas are so far so good," Wright said. "I have been up there, they treat me real good and I love it up there. I really like Coach Houston Nutt."

Wright, who sports a 3.0 grade point average and has run the 100 meters in 10.4, said he is looking for a structured situation where he can first and foremost be a student-athlete.

"I am just looking for a good academic situation first of all because I am sure sports will take care of itself," Wright said. "I am not necessarily looking at who has the best team or who has the most rushing yards or receiving yards. I am looking for a team where I can get a great education and that I can fit in with."

Warren coach Bo Hembree knows he has a special player in Wright, who filled in at quarterback late in the year when an injury to the starter occurred.

"He is a great combination of strength and speed and he is a special kid," Hembree said. "He is probably the best player I have ever coached at Warren and he has got a chance to be really special on the next level."

Wright was one of the key reasons that Warren was 4-1 in pool play on Friday with wins over Hot Springs Lakeside (20-9), Little Rock Parkview (19-14), Springdale (41-14) and Lincoln Christian (25-21) with a lone loss to unbeaten pool winner Harding Academy (25-22).

"So far we have been looking real good and really better than I expected," Wright said. "With a couple of key seniors leaving, I thought we wouldn't be as good as we were. But it looks to me if we are going to be just as good."

Wright and Childs form a formidable duo while Arkansas is also recruiting Warren defender Basmine Jones (6-1, 210).

"Greg and I are totally different," Wright said. "He is bigger and more of a possession receiver and I am quick and shifty and can score at any time."

Although he will be back at wideout most of this season, Wright thinks his fill in duties last year should enable him to get a few snaps this year.

"I am pretty sure I am going to play a lot of wide receiver, but I think he owes it to me to let me play some quarterback," Wright said.

Warren has won three state championships in the last six years (2001, 2002, 2006) and has a chance to win another one this year according to Wright.

"We are a team and we get along so well, we're real good friends and we are always together," Wright added. "It just all works together."

The Lumberjacks have had the memory of last season's Class 4A championship loss to Nashville at War Memorial in the back of the mind since it happen.

Nashville downed Warren 21-20 when what was initially ruled a successful two-point conversion by the Lumberjacks was nullified.

It was a classic matchup of two 13-0 squads that came down ended in double overtime.

"I think it is really going to encourage us a lot to make it back to that point," Wright said. "I really want to come back and win it this year with no doubt and not let it come down to that one last play."


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