Could Jacksonville (Fla.) Raines speedster Willie Wright be Iowa State’s next multi-purpose back in the 2017 class?
That’s the message from the Cyclones.
Iowa State was the second to offer the 5-foot-8 Wright when it joined UCF in late February, and Wright has been a priority skill prospect since. The Cyclones appear to have Wright high on their board at the ‘M’ position, which is a slot receiver in the offense who will have a number of duties, including some in the backfield.
“Play slot, running back, kickoff return, punt return,” Wright said when asked what the message has been from Iowa State. “My skillset will fit because it’s what I’m used to playing and I fit right in with it.”
The ‘M’ position is one of the most essential for Iowa State in its offense under the direction of new coach Matt Campbell and Wright fits the bill. At Toledo, Campbell had speedster Eric Page, who had 82, 99 and 125 receptions in three years with the Rockets. The last two years Corey Jones had 68 and 55 receptions.
What sticks out about Wright’s game?
“I’m a game-changer,” he said. “I get from Point A to Point B quick.”
Wright, who runs a 4.40 40-yard dash and a 10.9 100-meter dash in track, is the latest target for Iowa State in the 2017 class at the ‘M’ spot. Iowa State talks with Wright almost daily on Twitter and he’s heard from Campbell several times.
“He told me he really liked my film and he really wants me at Iowa State because he doesn’t have what I have at Iowa State and he wants someone like me at Iowa State,” Wright said. “I just think it’s a blessing to go play for someone that needs [me]. I would be blessed to play there.”
In addition to Iowa State and UCF, Wright also holds offers from Memphis, Temple and Southern Miss while a host of Florida schools are showing interest.
Iowa State had hopes to get Wright in town this spring but a trip from the Sunshine State hasn’t been possible yet. That trip could happen in the summer, giving the prized prospect a closer look at what Iowa State offers.
“They were trying to get me up to the spring game, but my dad told them we’d come in the summer because I have a visit to Memphis on [April 15],” Wright said. “Right now I really don’t know [when I’ll commit]. I’m just taking it slow right now.”