Rutgers "Like a Second Home" to Isaiah Wright

The top 2016 wide receiver in Connecticut -- Isaiah Wright -- verbally committed to Rutgers Wednesday and spoke with Scout about what made the Scarlet Knights feel like a second home during the recruiting process.

West Hartford (Conn.) Kingswood-Oxford three-star receiver Isaiah Wright gave it two weeks after Rutgers camp to think over his decision.

After discussions with family, Rutgers emerged as the clear selection for Wright, who made his verbal commitment Wednesday to head coach Kyle Flood.

“It’s an opportunity for me to go to college, and I’m a step closer to where I need to be,” Wright said. “I chose Rutgers for a simple fact. I’m very close with the players. I’m close with the coaches. It helps for me to be comfortable, and I feel like I already go there.”

Wright tore up the second Rutgers skills camp in June as one of the month’s top overall performers. He worked closely with star receiver Leonte Carroo, and built relationships with offensive coordinator Ben McDaniels and receivers coach Anthony Campanile.

“I’m cool with the players, and I was before the camp,” he said. “I’m cool with Leonte Carroo and Janarion [Grant], Kiy [Hester]. Rutgers felt like a second home, so it was easy to decide.”

Wright committed to Rutgers without deep relationships with other members of the 2016 class. He wanted to work out with quarterback Anthony Russo at the skills camp, but Russo cancelled following his trip to the Elite 11 semifinals.

The top receiver in Connecticut plans to reach out to his fellow commitments soon.

“Official visits are actually pretty close,” Wright said. “I look forward to getting to know all of them. I have a good personality fit with the players on the team now, so I’m sure it will be the same.”

Wright marks the fourth receiver commitment in the class alongside New York’s top two receivers – Ahmed Bah and Taysir Mack – and Mohamed Jabbie of South Brunswick.

“I’m going to bring intensity and more of a versatile playstyle,” Wright said. “I feel like I’m going to be a playmaker for Rutgers. That means I’ll do whatever I can to get it done for Rutgers.”

With Ohio State and Maryland also on Wright’s list, Big Ten action is an exciting opportunity.

“I’m going to take a step forward and get coached up to where I want to be,” Wright said. “The intensity is going to be there. I want to get my freshman year out of the way and all of the nerves about playing. Come sophomore year, that’s when I feel like I can come into myself and make a big impact.”


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