Vegas Back Feels Golden State

Las Vegas (Nev.) Palo Verde running back Brandon Wright would like to go to college in California, and he grew up watching UCLA when he lived in Pasadena...

Las Vegas (Nev.) Palo Verde running back Brandon Wright (5-11, 185), is the top back in Nevada in the 2011 class, and he's got three offers to get things rolling.

"Colorado, UNLV and San Diego State all offered me as a running back," said Wright. "And I've been hearing from Oregon, Oregon State, California, UCLA, Arkansas, Utah, Arizona and Arizona State. I think one of the two Arizona schools could be the next to offer me."

Wright has had frequent visitors to the Palo Verde campus so far this spring.

"We've had Arizona, Arizona State, Arkansas, San Diego State, Oregon and Oregon State come by already and then hopefully USC, Cal and UCLA will be coming by," said Wright.

Wright is originally from Pasadena, and grew up a fan of the Bruins.

"I want to go to college in California because that's where I'm from. I grew up a UCLA fan and I would go to a lot of games at the Rose Bowl," said Wright. "That was my favorite school of all time."

But another Golden State team has his eye now.

"As much as I like UCLA, I've been liking Cal a lot too," said Wright. "They have had some great running backs like Marshawn Lynch and Jahvid Best and I have a lot of family in the Bay Area so I'm really feeling Cal."

So with the Bears and Bruins on top, and a desire to go to school in California, does that eliminate the hometown Rebels?

"Well, I'd like to get out of the Vegas area, but everything is open right now. I'm getting a lot of attention from Coach (Bobby) Hauck and I do like UNLV," said Wright.

Wright said he plans to visit UCLA, Cal and USC this summer unofficially and will camp at all three schools.

He also has no timetable set for a decision.

"Basically anytime between now and the end of my season," said Wright. "I'll just wait and see like if my dream colleges offered. But I'm going to wait till everything opens up. Eventually I want to take all five visits."

Academically, he has a 2.9 GPA and is waiting on his ACT scores.

Last fall, he ran for 1,181 yards and 16 touchdowns.


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