Tigers looking out West for corner

The LSU coaching staff is spread out all over the country making in-home visits to the top recruits left on the board.

This past Monday, LSU passing game coordinator/receivers coach Todd Monken was out on the West Coast and he spent about an hour and a half in the home of four-star cornerback Shareece Wright.

Wright (5-11, 185, 4.5) had a terrific senior season at Colton (Calif.) on both sides of the ball despite playing with a cast on his broken left hand.

Even with the injury, opposing offensive coordinators shied away from his side of the field because with one hand Wright was still one of the best cover corners on the West Coast. He finished the year with 68 total tackles and on offense he carried the ball 78 times for 1,020 yards and 16 touchdowns.

LSU has been recruiting Wright throughout the entire recruiting process and Monken made sure the standout corner knew he was a wanted man.

"He told me they really want me and they think very highly of me," Wright told Tiger Rag. "We talked about their corner situation and he said they don't just want me, they need me. He said they need corners to come in and play early and I have what it takes to do that."

Wright will visit LSU the weekend of Dec. 16-17 and he has several items on his agenda for that trip.

"I've been planning on coming down South forever but in two weeks I'm finally going to get to make it in," Wright said. I've seen most of the schools in the Pac-10 but I'm really looking forward to seeing something new and what they have at LSU.

"We talked to all of the coaches on the phone but I want to meet them all personally and meet some of the players. They will be practicing for their bowl game so it will be nice to see how their practices are organized and to get a look at all of the facilities while they are being used."

Wright will be at Arizona State this weekend and then he will wrap up his official visits with his trip to the bayou. The other schools he visited, either officially or unofficially, were Oregon (official), Arizona (official), Nebraska (official), USC, UCLA and Washington. All have offered with the exception of USC and the only reason the Trojans have not stepped up with one yet is because they are waiting on him to raise his SAT score.

A few days ago Wright said that Arizona and USC were his top two choices but he said it was not fair to him, or the other schools involved, to name a leader without seeing what they have to offer.

"I don't have a leader but I do a top five," said Wright, who carries a 2.5 GPA and sports a 730 SAT score. "Oregon, USC, LSU, Arizona and Arizona State."

LSU is often in the mix with the top prospects out West but the Tigers have not had a lot of success out there mainly due to the distance factor.

Will that play a role in Wright's decision?

"If I go there and feel like that is the place for me then I'd have no problem going that far away from home," he said. "It's a small world out there and I'd be able to go back home plenty."

Wright plans to bring in the New Year minus recruiting as he plans to announce his decision on Dec. 31 at the California/Florida game.

It's always a plus when a school gets the last crack at a prospect and Les Miles and his staff will have just that with one of the top corners in the country.

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