Wright's hometown of Fort Wayne, Indiana is, appropriately enough, in Indiana. Still, just an hour down I-69 from the Michigan border, Wright is closer to Michigan and Michigan State than he is to Indiana and Purdue, the two in-state programs to most recently have posted a winning regular season record. As such, that Michigan, Michigan State and Indiana offered, alongside Boston College, Northwestern, Minnesota, Ball State and Western Kentucky, led by former Stanford RB coach Willie Taggart, speaks highly of his talent. With all those other suitors, The Bootleg wondered where Wright would have ended up were it not for Stanford.
"I probably would have waited," he said. "I'm not really sure, but maybe Notre Dame would have come through with an offer."
With basketball hot on the trail of Illinois' Chasson Randle and football signing Indiana's Blake Lueders last year, and recently beating the decade's regional powerhouse, Ohio State, for LB James Vaughers, perhaps Stanford's drought in the Upper Midwest is drawing to a merciful close.
It was in the most Midwestern of cities, Detroit, where Wright was this past weekend when he committed to the Card.
"I was at [Detroit native] Antonio Gates' Sound Mind, Sound Body Camp," Wright explained. "It was fun, it was a charity event. I saw some kids I've been seeing on the camp circuit. I saw some coaches from the schools I've been visiting. It's nice to see all those people again and catch up."
Academically, Wright reports a 4.4 GPA and thinks he's in solid shape to be admitted onto the Farm.
"I think my academics are fine," he said. "Yeah, I took two AP classes my junior year and I'll probably take one or two more my senior year. All my classes are basically honors classes. When I talked to the academic advisor [at Stanford], he said I was in good shape."
Okay, one hurdle cleared and another one approaching. Wright is aware Stanford has recruited quite a few running backs, four in 2011 and two each in 2010 and 2009? Including Wright, six of those last eight tailbacks are four-star players per Scout.com.
"I'll be playing running back in college," he said. "I'm really not too worried about it. I feel I can work hard and with my talent and work ethic, I'm not too worried about that."
Indeed, Wright carries himself with a healthy confidence.
"Tell the fans they're in for a treat," he said. "We're going to be very good the next few years. I wouldn't be surprised to be in a couple of Rose Bowls."
Wright grew up rooting for Pitt and Penn State and lives close to Michigan (and in the historic home of the Pistons, no less), but it is 4A Indiana football, the state's second-biggest division, in which his Bishop Dwenger High competes.
"My high school team, we've been to state semis the past three years and the state championship the past two years, but we haven't won a state title for almost 20 years, so that's basically our main goal," he said. "I think our team is very good, and I think we'll be able to do it this year. We have quite a few guys who will probably be playing D-I football."
Leaving a legacy is something that weighs on Wright's mind – and not just at a high school level.
"Stanford doesn't have the greatest football history, like some other schools like Michigan, Ohio State or Texas, but I was talking to somebody at one of my camps and they were like, ‘Go somewhere where you'll be remembered for starting a winning tradition, and not another name on the list.'" He said. "Stanford's just began to win, it's not a tradition. The next few years are very important, so to start the ball rolling on that, I feel, is the perfect opportunity." Should Wright live up to his lofty on-field dreams, Stanford fans will most certainly remember him for years to come. Until then, TheBootleg.com is your source for Stanford sports news.
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