Bryan Wright and Miami-Northwestern Impressive

Though the first game of the year against Booker T. Washington didn't count in the record-books, Miami-Northwestern had sent a message to the rest of Florida with their victory. Two weeks later, Miami-Northwestern, led defensively by CB/S Bryan Wright are sitting at an impressive two up and none down, after holding a commanding halftime lead against Carol City in a game that was called early due to thunder and lightning.

The last time we spoke with Bryan Wright he and his teammates were busy preparing for the 2005 season. Since we last caught up with the 5-foot-11 and 165-pound Floridian, the Bulls have faced and defeated three perennial Florida powers -- Booker T. Washington (40-27 in the Kickoff Classic), Miami-Edison (13-8), and Carol City (18-7).

"It was a good game," stated Wright in reference to the Carol City contest that had to be called at the half due to thunder and lightning.

Northwestern, in front of a sellout crowd of 8,000 fans got on the board early against Carol City in a game where a quick start would determine the outcome -- the Bulls outgained the Chiefs 268-114 in total yards before play was suspended.

"It was a real good game. Everyone played so hard, especially our back," continued Wright, while discussing Antawn Easterling's 141 yards on 14 carries which helped pave the way to the victory.

A sound defeat of the Chiefs, who at the time were ranked No. 2 in the Class 6A state poll will now serve to raise expectations for Northwestern even more.

"I played alright. They weren't throwing too much to my side. They threw one pass but it went for only 2 yards," stated Wright.

Indeed, with each passing game it seems as if teams would rather thrown to the other side of the field -- whatever side Wright is not on.

With his season in full swing, Wright hasn't had much time to focus on recruiting. Rutgers, Temple, Delaware and FAMU are his four offers thus far with Miami, Ole Miss and South Florida showing interest.

Earlier, we had asked Wright whether he will make any visits during the season. His answer a few weeks ago is the same today - he will hold off on visits until after his season.

Both Rutgers and Temple are likely official visit destinations when the time comes.

When Wright comes up to Piscataway later this fall/winter, he will be joined by teammate Tim Brown. Have the two thought about extending their playing careers at Rutgers?

"I think Tim [Brown] and I could go to Rutgers together, but it's not really a major thing for us. But at the same time some of the schools that are looking at him are looking at me, and Rutgers is one of those schools."

An outstanding student, Wright holds a 4.2 GPA and is taking 5 Advanced Placement courses this semester, including Biology, American Government, and English.

In the meantime, we invite you to take a look at some footage (click below -- the latest version of Windows Media Player is required) from a recent camp where Wright demonstrates his athleticism and shows just why schools would currently not throw his way.

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