Things are heating up for Wright

James Wright put up some monstrous numbers as a junior at Bell Chasse, La. and the standout receiver is starting to reap the benefits of all of the hard work he's put in over the years. One school has already extended a scholarship to the standout performer, but that is only the beginning of things to come.

Texas Tech offered me a couple of days ago and Les Miles wants me to come up and meet with him,” Wright said. “I think LSU is close to offering and then Alabama was talking about offering too.”

 

Aside from those schools, Wright said he is hearing from several more including Mississippi State, Colorado, Minnesota, Kansas, Tennessee, and Stanford to name a few.

 

Coaches who haven’t seen Wright play in person have plenty that they can look at on his highlight reel from last season when he hauled in 58 passes for 1,058 yards and 18 touchdowns. He also rushed for 214 yards and four scores on 22 attempts, and was rewarded for all of his achievements with Class 4A All-State honors to go with his All-District 8-4A and All-Metro awards.

 

Standing at six-foot-two, 185 pounds and with reported 4.55 speed, Wright has the measurables that would attract college coaches. However, he feels that there is more that makes a receiver then simply stature, speed and stats.

 

“All of the little things,” Wright said. “The things that people overlook like blocking for your teammates and being physical, focusing on every catch like it’s your last one, and accepting nothing less than your best as a player. I go one play at a time and it allows me to keep all of the little things in perspective.”

 

Wright has been busy with basketball and track since his football season ended and that has prevented him from being able to make many junior days, although he was invited to numerous events.

 

One event he was able to make was LSU’s Academic Junior Day on Jan. 31 and he left with a better outlook of what the state’s flagship school had to offer.

 

“LSU is great,” he said. “They have the best of everything and it’s only a couple of hours away. Academics took up most of the day and they showed that LSU isn’t just athletically good, but they expect everyone on the team to succeed and they help them in every way possible.”

 

On Wright’s visit he got to spend a little time with a couple of LSU coaches which he says he enjoyed. But the conversation quickly shifted back to a subject that he takes a lot of pride in – academics.

 

“I like the athletic side of LSU and I really like coach Les Miles and the wide receivers coach (D.J. McCarthy),” said Wright. “They both seem like nice and funny guys. I enjoyed meeting everyone but the academics really impressed me.”

 

Wright’s focus on his studies stems from his mother, who taught him early on that if he wants to play sports then he better get it done in the classroom.

 

“I have to keep my GPA up above a 3.3 or my mom will kill me,” Wright said with a laugh. “I took the ACT and on my first attempt I made a 19, but I’ll be taking it again and this time I’ll listen to my mom and prepare for it.”

 

In between studying for the ACT and preparing for spring football practice, Wright said that he will utilize any free time to learn more about the schools that are showing interest in him. He admitted that he has quite a bit of work to do on that front since he never idolized a certain school growing up and only knows a little about the one closest to home.

 

“I like LSU but I can’t say I’ve always been an LSU fan because I just started watching them when they started winning, and I don’t know much about them aside from that and their academics,” Wright said. “LSU may have had a rough year last year but they’re going to be good this year.

 

“I don’t really have many favorite schools that I always followed because I just like watching teams that win, added Wright. “I like to win so I follow teams that are winning too.”

 

Some of the schools that Wright will be following are the ones that have given him some early attention and then there are a few more that he hopes to hear from.

 

“Texas Tech caught my eye early on because if they can produce a guy like Michael Crabtree then they obviously know what they’re doing,” he said. “He’s a special player but it had something to do with the coaching because they put him in the situation to be successful. They’re a passing school too and any receiver would like that.

 

“My dream school is USC but they haven’t given me any attention. Texas is another school that I like a lot along with Florida, Texas A&M, Alabama, and obviously, LSU.”

 

With the next few months expected to be filled with plenty of high moments as more offers come Wright’s way, he says that there are three early favorites with no decision expected to be rendered anytime soon.

 

“As for right now, it would be Alabama, LSU and Texas Tech in no real order,” he said. “I’ve gotten a chance to talk to each coach personally and I’m more familiar with those schools.

 

“I’m going to sit back and see how many options I get then when I see what everyone is going to do I’ll start cutting my list. When I get all my offers I will be able to see what each school offers. But I can’t see myself doing anything quick right now.”


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