Brandon Wright wants to prove to college coaches he can be a successful running back at the next level and the Las Vegas (Nev.) Palo Verde prospect is doing an outstanding job of making his point so far this season.
Wright, a 5-foot-10, 173-pound recruit, has rushed for 1,298 yards and 21 touchdowns on 123 carries and has firmly established himself as one of the most dangerous all-purpose backs on the West Coast.
"Since the season started, I told everybody I was trying to get 2,000 yards, but I feel like a man on a mission," Wright said. "I'm just trying to make it established that I want to be a running back in college and the only way people are going to know is if I put stats up.
"Every time I touch the ball I'm trying to make a big play, I'm just trying to do something big. Also my linemen this year are really good so that also contributes."
Cal has been considered the frontrunner for Wright, who recently picked up an offer from Hawaii, and now Utah and San Diego State are appealing to him more as well. The reason Wright likes those two schools is because he feels he can be an impact player early in his career.
The Golden Bears still have a slight edge in his recruitment but Utah and San Diego State have made up ground recently. Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado, Colorado State, Illinois, New Mexico State and UNLV have also offered.
"There's not a lot going on," Wright said of his recruitment. "Most recruiters call me and I'm still getting calls from everybody I have scholarships from so they're just checking up on me. I still don't know where I want to go or anything like that. Right now I'm just waiting it out.
"The (Cal) recruiter came to my game, it was like the third game of the season, and it was actually the running backs coach so I was excited for that.
"Cal, Utah and San Diego State are up there right now. They're up there because I could go in early as an impact freshman and do some stuff up there."