Recruiting: Sooners after Arkansas receiver

Warren, Ark. wide receiver Jarious Wright update and profile.


Throughout the years, the state of Arkansas has always produced some tremendous athletes on the high school gridiron. And for the most part, the very best of the best could really run. Oklahoma has had a its share of great high school gridiron greats who have come from Arkansas in the likes of Keith Jackson, Eric Mitchell and Mark Hudson to name a few. Of course, the great Barry Switzer played his college football at Arkansas and the list can go on and on.

The Sooners appear to again be working the state of Arkansas for some of its finest players. Wide receiver Jarious Wright (5'11, 170, 4.4) of Warren, Arkansas is one of the finest pure athletes in the state and he has already pulled in an offer from six different teams, including Oklahoma.

Wright isn't into stats, but his worth to his team at Warren High is evident from the fact that he has played everywhere form cornerback, to wide receiver to quarterback. He even returns kick and punts.

"I mainly played on defense last year, but during the playoffs I also played quarterback," said Wright. "I played cornerback my sophomore year and I occasionally got in on running plays and quarterback. I also played quarterback this past year and played quarterbacks during the playoffs. In college, I would rather play on offense or play receiver. I think I can produce on offense and enjoy playing on offense more. I love playing on offense and love making big plays at receiver."

Warren has been 12-1 and 11-1 the last two years and has lost their only game in the playoffs. This year they even went to the State Championship game where they lost to Nashville. Wright threw two touchdown passes in that game at quarterback and he rushed for another.

"I really didn't play much quarterback during the regular season, but I played it a lot during the playoffs," said Wright. "This year I think I am only going to play receiver. I might have to play defense, but I think I will concentrate on offense. I think I will continue to return kicks and punts. I have returned two kick returns for touchdowns. One was about 85 yards and the other was about 90 yards."

Despite his lack of national exposure, Wright is still getting a number of scholarship offers to come his way.

"I have been offered scholarships by Texas Tech, Ole Miss, Arkansas, Tulsa, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Minnesota, " said Wright. "I don't have any favorites yet or any top fives or anything. I kind of like Oklahoma because it is not too far away from home. Oklahoma has talked to me about playing receiver and that interests me. I followed their wide receivers a little bit when they had Mark Clayton. I also like Florida, but they have not offered me yet. I do hear from them and I think they will offer me in the future. I am pretty sure I will visit Oklahoma."

Wright also runs the point on the Warren basketball team. He averages 10 points per game and in baseball he is the leftfielder and has been a two-year starter. Wight still needs his test score to qualify.

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