2010 Intro: Chandler Wrightenberry

ASHEVILLE, N.C. --- Chandler Wrightenberry provides T.C. Roberson High with a utility back on offense, and an athlete capable of playing anywhere in the defensive back seven.

"He's a big part of the team offensively and defensively," Roberson head football coach Jim Beatty said. "He's just a heck of an athlete. We've got to figure out where we need him to play and produce the most for us.

"He's just a smart football player. We can put him at different positions, because he's smart and we don't have to spend a lot of time explaining things to him."

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Wrightenberry, a 5-foot-11, 185-pounder, will likely start at both wide receiver and cornerback this fall. However due to graduation losses, he'll be more valuable on defense.

"Right now, we're definitely going to need him on defense," Beatty said. "We want to sure up our defense and he's going to be a big leader back there."

While cornerback is Wrightenberry's likely position on defense, Beatty plans to toy with him at safety and MIKE linebacker during the preseason.

Last season, Wrightenberry started every game, but one, at cornerback. That lone game he lined up at safety, but his day was cut short by injury.

"The second or third play I got a concussion," Wrightenberry said. "So I didn't play that [position] any more. But hopefully this season I'll be able to play some more safety and a little bit of linebacker, too."

Wrightenberry, who missed one additional game recovering from the concussion, ended the season with four interceptions and 51 tackles.

Offensively, Wrightenberry started last season at running back. Four games in, though, he was moved to wide receiver, the position he played exclusively as a sophomore.

"As we went on through the season, I went out more to wide receiver, because I played both ways," Wrightenberry said. "At running back I was getting too tired. And then when I went on defense, it was almost like I was dying."

On the season, Wrightenberry rushed for 280 yards and four touchdowns, and caught 19 passes for 470 yards and eight scores.

Roberson runs a multiple I offense that also incorporates one-back formations to spread the defense out. Early-season injuries to both the starting fullback and tight end forced Roberson to employ virtually a spread offense last season.

Unsurprisingly, Wrightenberry is being recruited as an athlete. Most schools project him as defensive back, particularly safety.

Beatty believes safety is Wrightenberry's best fit on the collegiate level.

"I think his height is going to hurt him a little bit, but he plays hard and he'll hit you," Beatty said. "… He reads the offense real well. When we need him to run the alley on a run play, he's there. He's got good hips, can open up and get back on the deep ball."

To better assess him, most schools have asked Wrightenberry to attend their respective summer camps. He is looking to camp at Clemson, Duke, Georgia Tech, and NC State.

Wrightenberry has received interest from schools throughout the region. But Duke, Georgia Tech, Nebraska, North Carolina, and NC State have recruited him consistently since last fall. The Blue Devils, by far, have expressed the most interest.

Roughly a month ago, Wrightenberry attended Duke's Junior Day. He has also unofficially visited NC State (football game versus Miami) and Georgia Tech (football game versus Duke).

Georgia Tech has invited Wrightenberry to visit for a spring practice. He plans to take them up on that request, and also revisit Duke for a spring practice.

Although he grew up a Duke basketball fan and his brother attends NC State, Wrightenberry says he doesn't have any favorites.

Furthermore, Wrightenberry isn't sure when he'll make a verbal commitment.

"I want good academics, but mainly just if I feel comfortable there. I don't want to go somewhere then end thinking ‘Oh I don't like this.' [I want to] make sure I get real comfortable with everybody, the coaches, and the campus."

Chandler Wrightenberry

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