Florida RB ready for trip to Rutgers

Rutgers paid a visit to the prospect Wednesday, and cleared up any issues he had about whether the Scarlet Knights wanted him to take an official visit this weekend. He said he was coming to check out the school, and learn how serious the Scarlet Knights were in his recruitment.

Taravella High of Coral Spring (Fla.) running back Devon Wright will be one of a handful of recruits making official visits to Rutgers this weekend, but he said he is not close to settling on a school.

But one thing he wants to find out is how much the Scarlet Knights want him. He said Tuesday his trip to Rutgers was uncertain, but a visit from a member of Rutgers' coaching staff the next day solidified his decision to trip to the New Jersey school.

"I'm open-minded when it comes to a school,'' Wright said. "But I am coming up there this weekend. I know that now.''

The 6-foot, 190-pound Wright visited Minnesota in late October, and holds an offer from the Gophers.

He said he was hearing the most from Connecticut, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Florida International, Michigan State and Michigan. That is, until Rutgers paid him a visit.

Wright said official trips to Connecticut, Wisconsin and Michigan were possible and added he will likely decide "after all my visits.''

He also gave an indication what he is looking for in a school, and a football program. "I'm looking at academics and getting playing time,'' Wright said.

One of Taravella's assistant coaches, Rick Martell, said Wright has natural downhill running skills, which makes sense since his football career spans three years.

Wright dabbled in Pop Warner football, but he did not play as a freshman at Taravella.

"I found him in my P.E. class,'' Martell said. "He said it was too dangerous. Then, he actually came to me and said he wanted to play, but his mother wouldn't let him.''

So, Martell spent a few hours on the phone convincing her it would be ok to let Wright play.

"She said, ‘If you look after him, I'm going to let him play,' ‘' Martell said. "That was it.''

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