6-2, 185, 4.46
Crestwood High School
Sumter, South Carolina
Back in the fall of 2002, Crestwood linebacker Maurice Nelson ended up becoming one of the most heavily recruited prospects in the state of South Carolina.
Of course, Maurice signed with Clemson last winter and should be a factor somewhere in the two-depth chart this spring after redshirting his freshman year.
This year, it appears as though another prospect is emerging along those same lines.
|Crestwood's Damien Wright registered 100 tackles 2 INTs and 5 sacks last season.|
"He's built just like Maurice, not quite as heavy but a little faster, and closes to ball a lot faster and brings a good hit with it," notes Crestwood assistant coach Brian Jackson.
Crestwood is known for producing prospects that work hard in the weight room, and you can expect Wright to fall under that category before graduating. Last football season he maxed out at 265 (bench), and 415 (squat).
Wright also appears to be set in the classroom with a GPA of 3.9 (overall) and 3.2 in his core courses.
"He's 6-foot-2, 185 pounds and runs a consistent 4.4 or lower once in a while," added Jackson. "He's got great closing speed, and can deliver a wallop of a hit."
As an All-Region and All-Area performer in 2003, you can bet that Damien Wright will be one to watch in 2004. "He's already receiving mail and the normal stuff you'd expect to see this time of year," added Jackson. "We are expecting some good things to come out Damien. He's a great player."
Of course, we will continue to keep you updated on this Crestwood standout, right up through Signing Day 2005.
The Knights had somewhat of a disappointing season this past year and that may have kept Wright "under the radar" from some college coaches. Nevertheless, the standout defender figures to make some noise this year as Crestwood loses only 3 starters from last year's squad.