Running back Wright Impressive On, Off Field

The Fighting Illini football team is recruiting a number of running backs. However, the coaches are reluctant to provide written offers to most of them until they know exactly the number and type of back they need. That is being determined during spring practice. One who is waiting for a possible offer is Remound Wright from Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Remound Wright is an impressive young man, both as an athlete and a person. Highly intelligent and personable, Wright is also a talented running back with numerous scholarship offers already.

Speaking during the Badger Sport/New Level Athletics 7 on 7 camp in Ann Arbor March 27, Wright offered his scholarship list, one that will undoubtedly increase as time passes.

"I have offers from Ball State, Western Kentucky, IU, Michigan State, Minnesota, Iowa, Northwestern, Stanford and Boston College."

He does not yet hold an Illinois scholarship offer, but he understands the situation. He has a good relationship with his position coach DeAndre Smith.

"No, they've not offered me a scholarship. I'm in contact with Coach Smith every week. They told me they'd like to see me face to face before they offer a scholarship."

He has yet to visit the Illini campus, but that may change the weekend of the Illini Spring Game.

"I know they have a Junior Day coming up April 24th. I'm gonna try to get out there for the 24th."

Some athletes become offended when schools don't provide immediate offers. But Wright has an awareness that allows patience during his recruitment.

"It's just a process. There have been a few changes at the school, and they want to get the coaches situated. Let the coach see what kind of players he wants and then go from there. With new coaches, the process gets slowed down a little bit, but that's all right. I'm very interested. I like Coach Smith."

Running backs are often ignored during 7 on 7 competition as running is kept at a minimum. But Wright enjoys the competition, and he uses it to improve his game.

"Definitely. It's more of a wide receiver game. But it's fun. I can be with my team and work out with all these guys. I just do what I can to help the team. It's a good way to show I can catch the ball as well, triple threat running back kind of thing."

Wright is a product of Bishop Dwenger High School in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He had a quick response when asked about his junior year accomplishments.

"This past year I had 2049 yards on 218 carries. I had 40 touchdowns, 36 rushing, 2 receiving and 2 on punt returns. I've been asked a few times, so I've got it down. God blessed me this year."

Bishop Dwenger is a powerhouse football school, so it is not surprising his team had a good 2009 season.

"We lost in the semistate this year, but we've been to semistate the past three years and had a state championship two years ago. So we're doing pretty well."

The 5'-9", 200 pounder was asked his strengths as a running back.

"I'm a very humble person, but I'd say my best attributes are my receiving ability, my footwork, my balance, and my combination of speed and physical running style. Some running backs are either/or, but I feel like I can do both."

Wright is open to a number of schools, but he has a specific idea what he is looking for in a college.

"I'm looking for good academics, coaches I'm comfortable with, a campus that I like, a social life I can fit into. Just an all-around comfortable feeling. It's not too complicated. Just what I feel is right will be right."

Since the camp, Wright has visited Indiana, Michigan State and Stanford, and he hopes to attend Iowa's spring game. And with any luck, he will check out Illinois in two weeks.

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