For a player as versatile and dominant as Isaiah Wright is for West Hartford (Conn.) Kingswood-Oxford, criticism becomes hard to find.
Kingswood-Oxford head coach Jason Martinez did not find much when asked where Wright can improve as a senior.
“It’s hard to nitpick on somebody who scores 17 touchdowns a year for you and gets 2,000 yards of total offense,” Martinez said. “If he can improve, it’s on defense for us probably. He could be a better tackler. He’s an offensive player, but he plays defense for us. He’s a great ball hawk at free safety, but he could tackle a little better to help us win a championship.”
Wright committed to Rutgers Wednesday as the 16th in the 2016 class.
“I feel great about sending him to play at Rutgers,” Martinez said. “Ultimately it’s up to the kid and the family to make their decision. All I can do is provide opportunities to these kids and put them out in front of these schools. I tell them to make sure to go to all of these schools and visit to see which one feels right. I guess Rutgers felt right for Isaiah.”
Commitment is not new to Wright, who made a major one when he decided on Kingswood-Oxford for his high school education.
“He quietly goes about his business,” Martinez said. “He’s a workhorse. He goes a long way to get his education. He has an over 40-minute commute every day to and from school, which is a high-academic institution. That’s a credit to his work ethic, his family, his upbringing. It’s a daily sacrifice that he makes to shape him into the person that he currently is.”
The 6-foot-2 receiver brings a scorer’s mentality to the Rutgers roster, Martinez said.
“Isaiah possesses the intangibles to get to the end zone,” he said. “He’s got a nose to score. He knows how to get to the end zone. He’s determined to score every time he has the ball in his hands. Part of that is confidence and part of that is great-given ability to do thing after he catches the football.”