Recruit to watch: ATH Eric Wright

WeAreSC caught up with cornerback/running back Eric Wright out of Archbishop Riordan High School in San Francisco. He talks about what schools he's considering and an upcoming visit that he recently planned.

Wright, 5'11, 185 pounds, is one of the top prospects in Northern California. He has tremendous athleticism and speed (consistent 4.4 forty) and is actually receiving attention as both a running back and cornerback, depending on the school. As a running back, he had 700 yards rushing with an 8 yard average yard per carry last year for a 6-4 Riordan team. On defense, he had 2 interceptions and averaged an impressive 12 tackles a game. Wright explained that despite the fact that he's being recruited at both positions, he thinks his skills might translate better to the cornerback position on the next level, "I don't have a preference. Just knowing my size and height and that type of thing, the ideal position for me would be cornerback. I mean, I'm durable. You know how it goes in college though. Unless I blow up, that's pretty much where I'll be."

"I have offers from USC, Washington, Washington State, Oregon, Oregon State, Illinois, Nebraska, and San Diego State," explained Wright. He went on to say that his top-5 is "Definitely USC, Nebraska, Washington, Oregon, and Illinois," with all schools standing even at this point. "Basically, the way I make that cut from eight to five is just basically the attention level I get as far as mailing me stuff and stuff like that," he said. "So, those schools send me an even amount of mail with hand-written letters and typed letters. It's really even. That's why it's hard." The speedy athlete also mentioned a few other factors he's looking at, "Definitely academics, and just the area. The whole community as far as where I'm going to live and stuff like that because that is where I'm going to take care of my academics and athletics." Wright also noted that he plans to major in Engineering in college.

As of right now, Wright hasn't set up any official visits, but he will be making an unofficial visit down to USC on August 12th and he has an idea of a couple of schools he plans on scheduling officials to, "I'm going on official visits to Washington and Oregon definitely," he said. "I really wanted to take an official visit to USC, but it's just so close, it's easy to see what's going on there. Coach Holt invited me, so I'm going to come down there on the 12th."

Wright does have real interest in the Trojans and has been particularly impressed with their recruitment of him, "Everybody knows about the tradition," he explained. "The team itself and individual players are amazing. Once I knew they were interested in me just a little bit, I was happy. Nick Holt was recruiting me but Coach Carroll came out with him to my school and I really saw the type of brotherhood that they always talk about, how it is at SC. So that really set them apart in the recruiting process."

As mentioned earlier, Wright is being recruited as either a cornerback or a running back by different schools. The Trojan staff, however, is taking a different approach, as Wright explained, "A lot of people are recruiting me for running back or whatever the case may be. Coach Holt said I could play wherever. I'm being recruited as an athlete there, so I'm going to be squeezed in a bit into different places. He said the option for me is there, as far as running back, cornerback, punt returner, kick returner, whatever. That's the way he looked at me in evaluating my film. He really preached to me about playing time and the opportunity to play when I'm young. That made me happy. I didn't get that from anybody else."

Although Wright didn't attend any camps this summer, he has kept busy in the weight room and in passing league. He recently maxed on bench and put up 260 pounds. He's also been spending extra time honing his game for the college level, "Right now I'm doing a lot of defensive drills because at cornerback or safety, I've kind of just been winging it with ability and stuff like that," he said. "My technique is real basic and I use my speed and athleticism to do whatever I have to do, but I'm really trying to focus on getting a lot of technique down before I go on to the next level." Wright is also a stand-out in track for Riordan and runs the 100m, the 4X100, the 4X200, and the long jump. He has a best of 10.7 in the 100m.

Wright, whose idols are Walter Payton and Deion Sanders, plans on taking all of his visits before he reaches a decision on his college choice. However, he mentioned that that could change, "I'm really up in the air about that. If something comes along as far as me taking a visit somewhere and it's exactly what I want, then I might just end up committing. But, right now I'm just playing it by ear and seeing how it goes. As of right now, everyone is pretty much equal. It would be hard to make a decision without the visits."


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