OLIVE BRANCH, Miss. - It's never too early to start looking ahead at the class of 2007. Olive Branch has so many prospects for the class of 2006, Rivals.com figured that the Conquistadors were bound to have some for the class of 2007, looks like we were right.
Defensive end K.J. Wright barely played during his sophomore year, yet he is already being heralded as one of the top prospects in the Magnolia State for the class of 2007.
"He didn't play much for us last year," Olive Branch head coach Jamie Mitchell said. "It's not because he wasn't good, but when you're the biggest school in the state, you shouldn't play as a sophomore. If we have sophomores playing then we are in trouble. I tell you what though, this kid is going to be special this year though. He's going to have the attention of college coaches."
Wright checks in at 6-foot-5, 210 pounds and has an amazing frame for adding weight. He moves very well and has long arms and should excel as a first year starter. His teammate Victor Thomas already has a number of scholarship offers and Wright is soaking up all he can from Thomas.
"I'm learning a lot from Vic," Wright said. "He's helping me a lot. I just want to follow in his footsteps and learn a lot from him this year and next year I'll be the guy. He is going to draw a lot of double teams so I know that they will be depending a lot on me to help put pressure on the quarterback."
Obviously since Wright hasn't played much to this point, the letters are slow to come at this point, but that should all change this season.
"I hope to turn some heads this year," Wright said. "Maybe when coaches come up here to watch the other guys they will notice me. The school that I would really love to get something from is Miami. If they ever offered I would jump right on it."