Wright affirms commitment

Agoura, Calif. wide receiver/place kicker enjoyed unofficial visit to Wisconsin

When JT Wright made his initial verbal commitment to the University of Wisconsin football team in late May, he was eager to take an unofficial visit to the school in late June. That trip, he felt, would allow him to decide for sure whether or not he wanted to be a Badger.

After touring campus Friday, June 24 through Sunday, June 26, Wright, a wide receiver and kicker at Agoura (Calif.) High School, was happy to make an unequivocal verbal commitment to the Badgers.

"It was a lot of fun," Wright said in a telephone interview Wednesday. "I went up there (to) check out the campus. It's a very nice place, everybody's nice there."

"It made my verbal commitment very strong," Wright added.

What about the visit sealed the deal for Wright?

"I loved the place there," he said. "It's a very nice place. The coaches are very nice coaches. I talked to one of the academic advisors and he said that their programs are very good and very strong… I wanted to be a sports trainer. I was going to major in that, so he said that the science is very strong and that's what I'll be needing to take."

Wright was originally recruited only as a kicker by UW, but that changed last fall after he had a 1,000-yard receiving season. Now, the 6-foot, 188-pound athlete is being told to expect to come to Madison as a wide receiver first and a kicker second.

"I love both positions so I was so happy that I could do both," Wright said.

Wright said he was surprised to hear the Badger coaches tell him he would primarily be a receiver next August.

"I thought I was actually more of a kicker," he said. "But then I started working hard and getting better and they said they liked me as a receiver."

Wright is one of six verbal commitments the Badgers have secured for the class of 2006, four of which could play wide receiver in college. The other commitments include cornerback/receiver Kimuel Royston (5-10, 175) of Cretin Derham Hall in St. Paul, Minn., right tackle Gabe Carimi (6-7, 265) of Cottage Grove, Wis. (Monona Grove High School), receiver Dan Sheeran (6-3, 200) of Cross River, N.Y. (John Jay), receiver Daven Jones (6-0, 180) of Cleveland Glenville, and left tackle Jake Bscherer (6-7, 275) of Sturgeon Bay, Wis.

UW's top three receivers this fall will be seniors Brandon Williams, Jonathan Orr and Brandon White.

"They are bringing four new receivers in the year I come," Wright said. "And they said that two will start (to play) right away and then two will redshirt. And then they said I could kick also."

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