Eric Wright - RB/CB - 5-11, 180, 4.4/40 - San Francisco, CA (Archbishop Riordan) - Playing both running back and defensive back, there are some definite common denominators. You have to be quick, agile, have good field-vision and be adept at reading what other players are going to do. What is different is also equally substantial as the state of mind you are in is completely different. Eric said that he is fond of both positions, but does have a preference and says why. ""I like both", Wright stated. "Each brings different stuff to the table. You like scoring touchdowns on offense, but on defense, it really goes after your heart, because of what it takes to make those types of plays."
Eric makes plays. Of that, you can have no question, on either side of the ball. From the RB position, Eric stated that he rushed for apprx. 700 yards, but considering his limited amount of carries, he pointed more to the 8 yards a carry as a real sense of pride. On defense, Eric had 2 interceptions and averaged apprx. 10 tackles a game. You might say that for the defense, it's not good when your free safety (the position he played last season) is getting that many tackles a game, but it certainly helps having a tackler like that back there, just in case.
The teams that stand as the hottest on Wright's tail are Illinois, Nebraska, Washington, Oregon State, Oregon, USC, Washington State and San Diego State. Washington and Oregon are looking at Eric as a RB, while Illinois, USC and San Diego State are seeking Eric for his versatility at many positions lastly followed by the rest from the above list that are recruiting Wright as a cornerback. Again, back to a likely preference for position, Eric stated that what he brings to the table allows him the opportunity to spread his choices out and see what's best for him. "Based on my size, it would be ideal for me to play cornerback, but I have hung tough this long playing running back, so who knows. The other schools just allow me to fit in and let me test a lot of things out to see where I can contribute the best. What I enjoy about playing DB is that it's me against you, just going at it. That's what makes it fun."
Of the schools that Eric is looking at (all of the above), there isn't a dramatic narrowing of the field. Though he expressed that he would like to officially visit Washington and Oregon for sure, he wasn't sure as to the others such as Nebraska, Illinois and possibly one other. Eric does plan on taking two unofficial visits in the near future to Arizona and USC. Eric is one of those that doesn't want to elongate the recruiting process any longer than he has to, but does plan on waiting until after the season before starting his official trips.