While putting up 182 all-purpose yards in Friday night's Arkansas All-Star game at Reynolds Razorback Stadium, Warren wideout Jarius Wright showed just why so many University of Arkansas football fans are excited about his arrival.
Wright (5-11, 180, 4.38), who has been enrolled in school and working out with his new teammates for the last three weeks, caught 6 passes for 68 yards and a touchdown, rushed 3 times for 24 yards and also returned 6 kickoffs for 90 yards.
The only bad thing about the game was his East team was hammered 62-23 by the West.
"It was the all-star game, my last high school game and I just wanted to play and go out and have some fun and play against some other top players in the state," Wright said. "We certainly would have liked to have won or made it closer, but it still was a great time."
Wright, who caught 58 passes for 1,350 yards and 15 TDs last season, was just one of three of nearly a dozen UA signees that decided to play in the game along with Dennis Johnson and Matt Hall.
Many others – including quarterbacks Jim Youngblood and Tyler Wilson, wideout Joe Adams and running back De'Anthony Curtis - chose to sit this event out.
"I understand why some of those guys decided not to play, but for me it was just being honored to be selected and wanting to play against some of the other great players in the state," Wright said.
Wright is one of four Warren wide receivers that signed with the Razorbacks in February, albeit Basmine Jones will have to detour to Fort Scott (Kan.) Community College.
But Wright, Greg Childs and Chris Gragg – who has gone from 195 to 213 pounds while putting on muscle since getting on the UA workout program – are all hoping to make an impact this season.
"We are all really exciting about the possibility of helping the team this season," Wright said. "We are determined to take advantage of that by working hard every day."
That includes studying the playbook, something that the recruits got a chance to start back right after signing date in February, and then putting it into action in the voluntary workouts.
"I am really picking up the offense," Wright said. "The workouts have been very intense and fast-moving. But it is getting us ready for the season. They want us to move at a fast pace with everything we do."
That trio along with Adams has gotten a chance to work with the UA quarterbacks – Casey and Nathan Dick, Ryan Mallett, Alex Mortensen, Wilson and Youngblood – these last three weeks.
"The quarterbacks are looking real well when we are doing are 7-on-7 and things like that," Wright said. "They have been throwing it on time and with accuracy. You don't know for sure how they will do once they get an offensive line in front of them and a rush after them, but I think we have a lot of talent at that position and its been great to work with them."
The Razorbacks will continue their voluntary workouts and weight and conditioning sessions right up until practice starts on Aug. 3.
"My biggest goal is just to play," Wright said. "Whether it is as a punt returner, a kick returner or a wide receiver – I just want the team to win. Even if I sit on the bench, as long as we are winning I will be happy."
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