Does Bay Area athlete have the 'Wright' stuff?

Eric Wright is a 5-11, 170-pound athlete from San Francisco (Calif.) Archbishop Riordan, and Eric is a true two-way star, either running, catching or picking the ball off. In fact, he's so adept at just playing even he can't quite figure out where he'll play in college. No matter. Colleges don't seem to be too concerned, looking at his list of current scholarship offers.

"I've played safety my whole career but I like DB too," Wright told "I like to man up. I like to play both sides, but knowing my body structure I would think my future is at DB, for durability."

Eric runs a 40 in the 4.3-4.4 range and benches 250 pounds. He ran for 700 yards last year for Riordan at a clip of 8 yards a carry. He earned 2nd team all-league honors as a junior. "Coaches say they can see that I play hard every play and can see the athleticism on tape," he said. "I can break tackles and have the speed to get outside."

Apparently a lot of coaches have seen the same thing, as Washington, Washington State, Oregon, Oregon State, San Diego State, USC, Illinois and Nebraska have all offered scholarships. As far as current interest, Eric named five schools off the top that have been showing him the love. "Washington definitely," he said. "Oregon, USC, Illinois and Nebraska." The Illini were the first to offer, doing the deed on May 1st, quickly followed by Washington State later that day. The three trips he's planning to take for sure are to Washington, Oregon and Illinois.

As far as a plan, Wright is playing a lot of it by ear. "I can't really say if I'll commit early or on signing day," he said. "I have to kind of juggle all the things that are happening. The attention factor will play a lot into it. If you want me, I'll make an effort to check you out. The attention level, letters, constant contact to me tells me a lot about a school." Top Stories