The University of Utah has had a recent string of success with recruiting running backs, both at the high school and junior college level, and with the departure of Devontae Booker, and eventual departure of senior running back Joe Williams, Utah is on the hunt to re-stock the position in the 2017 recruiting class.
Running back Daniel Wright out of Vacaville High School is one of the many running backs that the Utes have begun targeting and recruiting in the 2017 cycle, as the 5’9-190lb athlete has seen his communication with the Utes grow.
“Recruiting is pretty slow as of now, but I’ve never been happier to be in the position I am in right now,” Wright said. “I’ve been blessed enough to be offered by two schools, and I’m sure once the season starts, the offers will start flowing in.”
The two offers Wright has received so far have come from non-FBS level teams, Northern Colorado and Kentucky Christian, but Wright says he’s starting to garner interest from FBS level schools, including San Diego State, Middle Tennessee State and Utah. “I’ve talked to coach Jim Harding at Utah a few times.”
Though the lines of communication between Wright and Utah have just begun, Wright already knows plenty about the Ute program, and sees it as a place he would flourish. “I love the program at Utah. Going there would mean a lot. With Devontae Booker off to the NFL, I feel as if the running back position isn’t very secure right now, and since I’m going to be a mid-year grad, that would be a great opportunity for me to work my way up and earn some playing time as a freshman.”
The Ute football program has also had a lot of success with changing the positions of players, mainly to defense, and seeing them flourish in their system, and that’s something that Wright would be open to at the next level.
“I’ll play anywhere the coach needs me to be. I’m there to help the team and make sure we are the best we can be. So if that means moving me to slot receiver or defense, then I don’t have a problem, because it’s the team that matters most.”
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With no current FBS offers in hand, that’s a good attitude for Wright to possess, as it makes him more versatile in the eyes of college coaches. Wright is hoping to improve upon his junior season, in which he rushed for 1,259 yards, and earn the opportunity to play at an FBS school.