Monte Vista QB one of nation's best?

Kyle Wright is a 6-4, 200-pound quarterback prospect from Danville (Calif.) Monte Vista, and Wright is arguably the top prep QB prospect on the West Coast alongside Tommy Grady, Dennis Dixon, Richard Kovalcheck and Johnny DuRocher. His current list of scholarship offers speaks volumes about his talent on the gridiron.

"I had 10 offers going into the (USC) NIKE camp, so I just went in to have fun and show off a little bit and ended up running a 4.6 40 and a 4.25 shuttle, did well throughout the day," Kyle told Dawgman.com. "Overall, it turned out to be a great day. And then in the month of May I got all the phone calls and stuff."

Being a top-100 player nationally can tax a player mentally, especially the constant calling. Wright wasn't fazed by the attention. "It wasn't bad at all," he said. "It wasn't everything that it was hyped up to be. I wasn't so bothered that I wanted to jump off a bridge or anything. It wasn't a big deal. I enjoyed it, talking to coaches that I've always liked and have seen on TV. It was weird to think that they were calling me, but it was fun. I'm only going to go through it once, so I'm going to have fun with it and stay humble about it."

Which coaches impressed Wright the most? "Pete Carroll was very impressive," he said. "Coach (Rick) Neuheisel, Coach (Mike) Bellotti, Coach (Larry) Coker from Miami. Coach (Ty) Willingham from Notre Dame. Coach (Mack) Brown from Texas, Coach (Phil) Fulmer from Tennessee, Coach (Bobby) Bowden from Florida State. It was pretty amazing that these are schools that I've loved since I was 6 years old and it's ironic that they are knocking on my doorstep now."

Neuheisel apparently covered the basics with Wright when he called Kyle on the phone. "We had a good conversation about quarterback stuff and my position with him, how he was going to take over the personal recruiting of me," Kyle said. "We had a good conversation about what my thoughts were and he was just giving me advice. It was good."

The month of May only added to Wright's stockpile of scholarship offers. "Since the NIKE camp, I have about 25 offers from all of my favorite schools, but I have a senior year to deal with and that's the most important thing for me right now," he said. "We won the section championship last year and we've got to go out there and defend that. That's at the top of my list."

Kyle is attacking this summer with a plan, a plan that will get him to the point where he can make his college choice before having to take a snap under center for Monte Vista this fall. "I'm going to get out and see some places this summer," he said. "I want to make my decision before my senior season starts. I just don't want that added pressure on myself. When I'm studying a defense or reading a scouting report on the other team I don't want something else to interfere with that. It's something I can control so that's why I want to get out and see some places this summer."

So what schools will Kyle be visiting this summer? "I've already seen the schools out west, so I'm going to go back east and check out Miami, Florida State, Tennessee and Texas," he said. "I camped at Washington last summer, so Coach Neuheisel was the first coach that I had met, before any other coach. My best friend Sam DeSa and I, we both got brochures about the camp and it looked like we could go up there and have fun and we had a lot of fun up there. We got to room together and got to experience what a college atmosphere was like. It was fun."

USC, Miami, Florida State, Texas, Tennessee and Notre Dame are Wright's current group of favorites. "I do like Washington," he said, when asked specifically about the Huskies. "It's pretty early. I've been up there and seen what they have to offer, but I want to get out and see what some other schools are like. There's definitely an interest in Washington on my part."

Kyle will also be participating at this year's Elite 11 camp in Mission Viejo. As he astutely put it, "Football is my vacation this summer."

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