Linebacker Has The Wright Stuff

One of the top players in Memphis talks recruiting and his top schools.

Memphis, Tenn.--One of the more impressive defensive players in attendance at the U.S. Army Junior Combine in San Antonio in January was linebacker Tenarius Wright from Whitehaven High. Showing a good combination of size and speed, Wright was one of the best players at his position among the more than 500 players on hand.

Measuring in at 6-1 ½, 205 and running a 4.82 second 40-yard dash on a very cold day in San Antonio, Wright wasn't satisfied with his numbers and has set out to improve them before he begins his senior season. Working with a training company in Memphis, Wright says he feels he has helped himself by becoming a more physical prospect.

"This spring has been going fine," Wright tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "I have been doing D1 sports training trying to get a little bit faster and stronger. It has helped me. I'm up to 6-2 ½, 222 at the moment. We haven't done the 40 lately but I'll do one next Friday."

Recently, Wright took part in a camp held on the Georgia campus in Athens. Working out well, he says he feels like he got close to an offer from one of his schools after showing out in the linebacker drills.

"I went down to a Nike Camp in Athens and the University of Georgia gave me a soft verbal offer," Wright says. "They told me they want me to come to camp there and run the 40. More than likely I'll get an offer after that."

Georgia is just one of the schools in contact with Wright at the moment. A perfect candidate at outside linebacker, Wright says he has almost a dozen schools showing a lot of interest with several sounding very interesting to him.

"I'm hearing from Georgia, Tennessee, LSU, Auburn, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Middle Tennessee, Arkansas and Memphis at the moment," Wright says. "I don't have any favorites at the moment."

One of the schools on Wright's list that he's already had a chance to see in person is Auburn. Taking in a scrimmage at Jordan-Hare Stadium during the Tigers' spring practice, he says he enjoyed his first trip to Auburn and seeing what it had to offer.

"I went to Auburn for Junior Day," Wright says. "I really liked their locker room and all that stuff. The practice was very intense. It wasn't dead at all. They were motivated. I like how the coaches talk to the players. I didn't get to see much of the campus. All I really saw was the football building and the weight room."

As a junior, Wright was all over the field making plays from his linebacker position for Whitehaven. He finished the year with 89 tackles and 11 sacks in his third season as a full-time starter and says the one thing he's hoping to improve on is the mental aspect of the game. Taking an active approach to better himself, Wright says he's already watching more film than he's done at any point in his career.

Still waiting, Wright says he plans to say busy this spring and summer by camping at several spots in the South. If he performs as well there as he did in January, Wright won't be without an offer much longer.

"I'm going to the Combine on May 26 in Atlanta," Wright says. "I'm also going to LSU in July and the University of Memphis Senior Camp. Those are the only ones I know of right now."

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