Warner Robins QB Commits to Clark Atlanta

Warner Robins quarterback Mark Wright Jr. committed to Clark Atlanta University after his official visit last weekend. Wright spoke with GAVSV.com about his decision to play for Coach Ted Bahhur and the Panthers.

Talented Mark Wright Jr. is one of the top overall quarterback prospects in Middle Georgia. He recently took a visit to Clark Atlanta University and found a home.

"I went up to Clark Atlanta this past weekend,"  said Wright Jr. "I met the coaches and they all seemed like they were nice guys.  You could tell that they know what they're talking about.  They know a lot about football and they know about winning and things like that."

"I met some of the players and they all seemed like they were pretty good guys. They seemed to be committed to the team and wanted to win.  The campus was real nice.  It had a nice atmosphere and I liked it.  I just decided it was the right place for me."

As a sophomore, Wright Jr. was a key member of the 2004 Class 4A state championship team. Warner Robins finished 14-0-1 after defeating Statesboro 34-13 at Paulson Stadium. 

A torn ACL during his junior season ended his 2005 campaign early and the Demons moved up to Class 5A in 2006.  With Wright Jr. returning from a knee injury, Warner Robins surprised everyone by advancing to the Class 5A state Semi-Finals before losing 7-13 to Peachtree Ridge in the Georgia Dome.

"The 2004 season was probably my best year.  It was a lot of fun.  All of the players were great guys and they wanted to win.  It was just a great year for everybody in Warner Robins."

"And then, of course, in the eleventh grade, I got hurt. That wasn't too fun, but I stuck with the team and rehabbed strong.  We didn't have a bad year at all in 2005.  We made it to the playoffs."

"I worked hard in the off season, so I could come back and play the best I could.  This was a very successful season.  We made it to the Dome. After moving up to Class 5A, I thought that was pretty good."

Overall, he  credits Warner Robins Head Coach Bryan Way for helping the team improve through out this trying season.

"Coach Way is a good coach," Wright Jr. said.  "He knows a lot about football.  Of course, as you can see.  He puts us in a good position to win.  We knew that a lot of people didn't think we were going to win after moving up to Class 5A.  They said our schedule was going to be too hard, so that kind of pushed us.  It only added fuel to the fire."

Mark Wright Jr., who is planning to major in Sports Medicine, also visited Valdosta State and has had interest from several other schools including UT-Martin.

He completed 56 passes for 847 yards and four touchdowns on the season.

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Wright Jr. takes off at the Georgia Dome against Peachtree Ridge.

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Wright Jr. warms ups before a preseason matchup with Peach County.

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