Cards new recruit has ‘Wright' stuff

Louisville needed a running back for their 2009 recruiting class. Tuesday night, the Cardinals landed three-star Clermont (FL) East Ridge standout Jeremy Wright,'s No. 99-rated running back in the nation.

"I'm officially a Cardinal," Jeremy Wright told analyst Mike Bakas. "I committed to Louisville tonight and I'm real happy about it. It just felt right. I really liked the coaching staff, the players, the facilities, everything. I've made my decision and I'm real happy about it. I see a real good opportunity to go in there and play."

Though he flew under the recruiting radar – Wright visited FIU and Troy and cancelled a visit to Iowa State -, the 5-foot-10, 185 pound standout definitely has big-time ‘looking' credentials.

Wright rushed for 2,707 yards on 277 carries and scored 26 touchdowns this season, including a 492 yard, five touchdown effort on just 31 carriers against Wekiva. That effort was the second-best in Florida history and the top single-game effort ever in Central Florida. The standout also had two other games with more than 300 rushing yards. Wright averaged 235 yards per game as a senior, earning an invitation to the Central Florida All-Star game.

"Jeremy's a great kid and one heck of a football player," said Bakas. "I think he was under-recruited. He's big enough, plenty fast, and knows how to run the ball. I last saw him in the Central Florida All-Star game and the two starting running backs were Wright and Florida commitment Mike Gillislee. There was no question as to who was the better running back."

Bakas rated Wright the No. 3 prospect in the all-star game – a contest that included more than 20 Division 1 prospects.

"Wright doesn't have the same size or speed as Gillislee but he's a better running back right now because of his natural instincts running the ball," Bakas said. "He was clearly the most productive player on the night going for close to 100 yards on the ground with limited touches."

Wright held offers from Troy, FIU, Iowa State, and Middle Tennessee, among others, but two factors put Louisville over the top for his services.

"I really liked the academic support they have, and the FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes) program," he said. "Those two things were real important to me. They keep getting better and I think they're going to have a great turnout these next few years. I'm glad I'll get to be a part of it."

Wright holds a qualifying SAT score and will sign with Louisville next Wednesday. The Cardinals now have five offensive commitments, including JUCO QB Adam Froman, JUCO OL Joe Evinger and Florida wide receivers Damian Copeland and Andrell Smith.

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