Manual Wright Trip Report

<b>Manual Wright</b>, a 6-7, 315-pound defensive lineman for the Long Beach Poly Jackrabbits, just returned from his official visit to the <b>University of Washington</b> with teammates Winston Justice, Hershel Dennis and Darnell Bing.

"It was a great trip, a lot better than I thought it would be," Wright told this afternoon. "I just had a great time. We ate a TON. I had never had filet mignon before and I had it twice on this trip. Know what I'm saying?"

As with his teammate Winston Justice, Manual thought that the Washington practices he saw were on a different level than the ones he's seen in Southern California. "They were a lot more focused than at other practices I've seen," he said. "Zach (Tuiasosopo) is just a maniac out on the field."

Wright's host was Terry Johnson. "We just hung out a lot and talked about things. I can see myself playing there just because most of their best guys on the line are leaving. I come in and play right away." Manual also talked to Larry Tripplett and Willie Hurst. "Larry told me that if I want to play in the NFL, this was the place to go to," he said. "I've known Willie for a long time and he was surprised to see me. He was like, 'Man, you've gotten BIG!' (laughs) They just told me how the city is nice and quiet."

Manual also mentioned how he was very impressed with the facilities and the weight room. "They are top-notch," he said. The coaches also caught his eye. "I like Coach Neuheisel. He's really cool. And Coach Hart too. He's so intense when he's out there coaching."

The Washington coaches didn't put the squeeze on Wright. "They were cool about that. They didn't try to pressure me into anything. They told me to take all my trips." Wright is planning on visiting Miami on January 18th and USC on January 25th. "My teammates are going to Oregon on the 4th and want me to come with them." Top Stories