Wright favors Buffs

The Colorado football program needs big, fast playmakers at wide receiver in the worst way. CU coaches are hoping Alante Wright is one of them. Get inside for more on Wright including his updated visit plans.

Alante Wright had originally scheduled an official visit to Boulder this weekend, but the trip has been rescheduled to mid-January (probably Jan. 16-17) because Wright has more pressing business on his plate.

The 6-foot-3, 185-pound product of Hamilton High School in Chandler, Ariz., will play in the state championship game this week against Brophy Prep at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale.

Wright is a key component on a team with multiple college prospects. He has made 62 catches for 743 yards with six touchdowns.

"He's a hell of a receiver," Hamilton High School coach Steve Belles said. "He's a jumping jack. When the ball is in the air, basically he decides he wants to own it."

Veteran CU linebackers coach Brian Cabral has served as Wright's primary recruiter from CU, but Wright also is in regular contact with wide receivers coach Eric Kiesau.

"They would probably be my favorite," Wright said of CU. "Colorado I really liked even before playing football just because I liked their jerseys. And I've heard a lot about the campus because my family friends used to go up there all the time."

Wright said he also hopes to visit Washington State, Eastern Washington and UNLV, but it might be difficult to get all of them in before signing day.

"It's most likely the staff, academics and the group of guys I'm going to be affiliated with," Wright said explaining what he will be looking for in trying to find the right fit. "Everything has to go into perspective when I'm looking at schools."

Belles said Wright has been receiving more and more interest from programs this year as the season has wore on. Many schools weren't aware of Wright before the season because he was forced to sit out his junior season after transferring from a small Christian school. Wright and Belles said they exhausted the appeals process last year in trying to become eligible, but rules for transfers within Maricopa County would not allow him to play for Hamilton in 2007.

"Everybody is recruiting him, but that is why it has been a late recruit," Belles said.

"That just killed me," Wright said. "It taught me a lot. It kept me working hard though for the next year."

Wright said he carries a 3.2 GPA and is in a program aimed at helping him boost it further. He said he has grown up in a home where academic achievement always has been a top priority. Wright credits his mother for making him care about doing well in the classroom.

He earned a C in a freshman math class and has decided to retake the class before graduating to improve the grade.

"I hate Cs," he said.

The opportunity for immediate playing time is something Wright said he finds appealing about CU.

"I sat out my junior year, so I know how it feels not to play," Wright said. "It goes hand-in-hand and even if I don't play right away, it's not really a big deal. Just being at the university is the best thing for me."

Belles said Wright has plenty of room to improve as a player, but he already plays with maturity, especially for a player who missed his junior season.

"He's a very good route runner," Belles said. "He pays attention to detail. And he does a lot of the little things well for you."

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