Athlete Eric Wright, who is from Riordan High School in San Francisco, might have been one of the early sleepers so far. However, some major football programs have not lost sight of him.
“USC, University of Washington, University of Oregon, Illinois, Oregon State, Washington State and San Diego State,” Wright said. “That is all I can think of right now.” He believes he might have up to another three schools that have offered him.
“I want to say lately it has been Oregon,” he said about who seemed to be recruiting him the hardest. “It is a lot of hand-written letters. Illinois – I like their coach. USC does. They send stuff on their engineering program. Washington too lately.”
"I think about the top schools and ranking'" he said. "Right now it is the University of Washington, Oregon, Illinois and USC.”
He will make official visits this fall and the out of town school visits will be to Oregon, Washington and Illinois. He is still considering Washington State and Oregon State for official visits.
He has been to Oregon and Washington for track meets, but he wants to visit their campuses more.
He is not sure if he will be attending any summer camps yet. “It might be somewhere close to home.”
He had the following comments about his top schools:
USC: “When I first talked to them, they wanted me to play cornerback. We kicked things around and it could be returning kicks and running back and wide receiver, all-purpose. I think right now it is all-purpose back. They are a football school and it is pretty nice there.” He likes their academics and coach Carroll. “He is a pretty nice guy. He is heart to heart. They try hard to convince me I could play.”
Oregon: “My mom likes the coach and the coach likes my mom. He calls and I’m not here. It would be great to play running back. Oregon wants me to play running back and that caught my attention right away. They had a good team last year. They have been on a roll.” The coach he was referring to was coach Bellotti per him.
Washington: “My uncle stays in Washington. That would be nice to have him there. I stayed at the dorms (for a track meet). It is a pretty nice campus. I hear it is a good school. I hear it is boring, but I want to see what it is like. They play good football. They want me to play running back.”
Illinois: “I don’t know anything about Illinois. I feel they wanted me. They were the first to call me with a scholarship.” They want him to play all-purpose back and wide receiver.
“The attention factor catches me,” he said about what he looks for from a school. “I want to know you are interested in me. Send me info. Commit to me and show me you care.”
Is distance an issue?
“It is hard to say. I would kind of like to stay at home. But I will go wherever there is an opportunity to play. Wherever the situation is the best.”
Have you heard from the Big 12 Conference?
“I have talked to Nebraska. Talked to Colorado. No scholarships offers or anything.”
The 5-foot-11, 185 pound running back/wide receiver/cornerback played on a team that went 6-4 last year. “We missed the sectionals of the playoffs by a coin-toss.”
As a junior he had approximately 700 yards rushing with a yards per average carry of over eight yards. “I had 13 to 17 touchdowns. Just say 13 (touchdowns).” He also had one touchdown from a pass reception.
On defense: “I played in the middle and had 11 or 12 tackles per game. I caused a lot of fumbles, but we did not recover any. I caused about six fumbles. I strip the ball and that is kind of my trademark.” Even though most teams threw away from anywhere near him, he still managed to get two picks.
“I was disappointed,” he said about his honors from his junior year. He was named second-team all-West Catholic Athletic League last season.
Wright says that he has been timed at a 4.3-second 40-yard dash. His best 100-meter time is 10.7 seconds. His best bench press is 250 pounds.
He will be an academic qualifier with a solid 2.8 core grade point average and a 3.2 cumulative average. He scored a 990 on his first SAT test, which is more than enough to satisfy the teams that he is considering.