Junior to watch: QB Kyle Wright

One of the top quarterback prospects in the entire nation for the class of 2003 is Kyle Wright, 6'4, 200 lbs, of Danville (Ca) Monte Vista. The big signal caller's recruitment is already in full swing and the Trojans are definitely in the mix.

Wright is just coming off of a great junior season that saw him pass for 3,015 yards, 26 passing TD's, and 8 rushing touchdowns. In a fairly deep year for quarterbacks in California, Wright stands out because of his tremendous combination of skills. He's considered the complete package at the quarterback position. He has the ideal size, a rocket for an arm, great touch on his throws, athleticism, mobility, and his footwork in the pocket is unmatched by any other prospect in this years class.

On the recruiting front, Wright is hearing from schools all over the country and he has already been offered by USC, UCLA, Cal, and Stanford. With so many options, the standout quarterback has taken some time to think about some of the factors that he's looking at in choosing a college, "Academics, to go along with a strong athletic program, and obviously the atmosphere of the school and the surroundings" he said. "And, the coaching staff. The guys I'm going to be working with for the next four years. I've got to like them. All of those things are basically what I'm looking for."

Wright has a current top 5 of "SC, Tennessee, UCLA, Florida, and Notre Dame" and the Trojans look to be in good position right now, "Yeah, SC is actually my number one choice right now." He said. Wright attended the USC Junior Day a few weeks back and the event left a big impression on the quarterback. He also has a real desire to go to school in the LA area as he explained, "Well, I'm from Southern California actually, and I want to live down there when I'm older. I mean, I love Southern California, but the coaching staff down there at SC really fired me up. They were awesome. Great athletic program, great history. I was really impressed." Wright also had a chance to talk to the coaches at Junior day and he came away with positive feelings, "It was really cool. I mean, Norm Chow is just a guru. They've got the older guy who's been around and knows just about everything there is to know. And then Steve Sarkisian, the quarterback coach, a younger guy and he's awesome. He played for Chow. It's just a great atmosphere."

Also of interest is the fact that out of state power Tennessee has been a constant on Wright's list. The athletic quarterback explained that a former Vol quarterback has something to do with that, along with a few other factors, "I've always been a big Peyton Manning fan and just Tennessee, you know, a hundred thousand people a game and big college atmosphere, good football, good tradition, they get good recruiting classes, always in the hunt for the national championship." Having grown up in California however, Wright does have some concerns about the climate back east, "I've never been back to Tennessee." He said. "I've heard some nasty things about the weather back there, which is the thing. You can't beat California weather, especially Southern California weather."

With so much early attention, is it possible Wright might commit soon and end the process? He answered that question as he explained, "I kind of want to experience everything, definitely, but I'd also like to commit somewhat early because I'd just like to take that added pressure off myself next year during the season. It's just something that will be in the back of my mind, when I should be thinking of…this or that."

Wright's athletic exploits are not confined to the football field as he's also a standout basketball and baseball player. In fact, Wright has gotten quite a bit of attention for his baseball skills, enough to where he's actually hearing from schools for that sport too. That comes as no surprise when you hear that he hit .472 with 3 home runs, and 25 RBI's while batting lead-off and playing Centerfield last year. Wright admits that the idea of playing baseball in college does appeal to him, "You know, I'd like to." He said. "It would just be hard to give it up since I've been playing it since I was six years old. All of a sudden just play one sport instead of three."

After his baseball season is over, Wright plans on continuing his normal off-season workouts which include lifting weights, practicing his footwork, and throwing with teammate, wide receiver Sam Desa, who is also getting some early recruiting attention.

Wright will be at the Nike Camp at USC on April 13th, the USC team camp in the summer, and most likely the UCLA team camp, also in the summer. He also plans on attending a team camp at one of the out of state schools recruiting him, possibly Tennessee.












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