Arkansas: The Wright Decision

The Razorbacks land a big one when Warren's Jarius Wright (5-11, 180, 4.34) becomes the third Lumberjack and 13th overall prospect from the 2008 class to pledge to sign with the University of Arkansas.

In the end, Warren four-star athlete Jarius Wright was certain what was the right decision for him.

It didn't hurt the wideout/cornerback/kick returner had a couple of buddies – both already committed to the University of Arkansas – telling him to get on board.

That's just what Wright (5-11, 180, 4.34) did while becoming the 13th player in the 2008 class – and the third Warren athlete – to commit to the Razorbacks.

"I just sit down after getting back from camp in Fayetteville Saturday and thought about it," Wright said. "Chris Gragg has been my friend for a long time and he was telling me how it was time for me to commit as well. Basmine Jones and I also talked and it just seemed right."

Wright chose Arkansas over Tennessee, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, Texas Tech, Minnesota and Tulsa.

"One of the things that I also really thought about was how easy it would be for my family and friends to come watch me play," Wright said. "That and having two of my friends up there is going to be great."

Wright, who had 51 catches for 1,086 yards and 15 touchdowns last season while also finishing the season filling in at quarterback, had his dad Joe and many others close to him hoping it would be Arkansas as well.

"One great thing that Arkansas did that helped them was recruit me as an athlete while everyone else was recruiting me as a wide receiver," Wright said. "That means I could play on defense and return punts and kickoffs as well. I didn't even play any offense as a sophomore, just got with it on defense."

The Razorbacks have also offered a fourth Warren player in wide receiver Greg Childs (6-5, 195) to go along with cornerback Jones (6-1, 205) and wideout Gragg (6-3, 180).

After a 13-1 season that ended with a loss in the state final on a disputed final play, Warren seems poised to have a magical season this campaign.

"We have just got to stay healthy," Wright said. "If we do that, we are going to put in the work to be really successful."


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