Coach's Corner: Calvin Bryant

Inside, Compton head coach Calvin Bryant talks about CU verbal commit Anthony Wright.

The football program at Compton High School was struggling when Calvin Bryant took it over prior to the 2004 season. That year, CU commit Anthony Wright's sophomore season, the Tarbabes went 0-10. But Bryant led Compton to a turnaround in 2005, as his team landed a playoff game, Compton's first in several seasons.

This year, Compton won its first playoff game since 1979.

On offense, Wright led Compton (8-4) and the Moore League in 2006 in rushing with 1,013 yards rushing. His biggest game was a 216-yard rushing and 150-yard receiving effort in Compton's win over Millikan.

CU running backs coach Darian Hagan is recruiting Wright to Colorado. Bryant has known Hagan for years, as the two played against each other when Hagan was at Locke High School and Wright at Verbum Dei.

As for Wright, he took an official recruiting trip to Nebraska, then visited Boulder the weekend of Oct. 14. Shortly after his visit, Wright gave a soft verbal commitment to the Buffs. Earlier this week, Coach Bryant told BSN Wright's commitment to Colorado was firm.

BSN: Tell me about Anthony Wright. What kind of player is he?
: Awesome. He's a co-MVP of our league. He was the heart and soul of our team this year. He did everything. He was our punter, punt returner, safety, running back. When we needed a big play, we called on him.

He ran for over 1,000 yards, 16 touchdowns and also he had four picks for us.

BSN: So he's a real playmaker type of kid?
: No doubt. He ran for 195 yards against Esperanza, the Sunset League champions, who we knocked off to win our first playoff game since 1979.

BSN: How was his development over the past three seasons?
: He's made a metamorphosis. When he first came out he was a little stiff in some areas. But he progressed; he worked hard in the offseason weightlifting, he ran track in the hurdles and the long jump. And he just turned into a fine, fine young gentleman.

BSN: I talked to one of the analysts for about a month or two ago and he said he thought Anthony was maybe the most underrated player in Southern California this year.
: Me too. I say that too. UCLA, USC and other schools have come by and now UCLA has come back by and they want to see film on him. But we're trying to make sure that he does something good at the University of Colorado.

BSN: So you feel like he's pretty firm with his commitment to Colorado?
: No doubt. I think he's pretty firm. He went out there and liked it. It was a good experience for him.

BSN: What do you think he's better suited to play at the next level, offense or defense?
: It's hard to say. The kind of season he had this year at running back…At first I would've said safety, but the way he ran, I'm kind of 50-50. I think he'll be successful wherever he lines up on the field. He just needs to get an opportunity at the next level to see what it's like, the game speed.

But he's got a fantastic attitude and fantastic character. And that's the main thing about him, his work ethic is unflappable.

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