January 17, 2008

Wright mulling over a few options

It's no secret that this time of the year is stressful for recruits and their families. However, for those recruits who have verballed to one school, yet are still exploring their options, the recruiting circus is taken to a whole new level.

Such is the case for four-star receiver Jarius Wright, who is committed to [tm]Arkansas[/tm], yet is still being courted by several schools.

"Yes sir, it's been pretty crazy," said Wright. "There's been a whole lot of coaches coming by. [tm]Texas Tech[/tm], Ole Miss, [tm]Mississippi State[/tm], [tm]Tulsa[/tm], and Arkansas have all come by."

Having already visited Texas Tech and Tulsa, Wright will likely be done with his official visits after visiting Arkansas this weekend, despite the attention being thrown his way by SEC schools like Ole Miss and Mississippi State.

"I'll be visiting Arkansas for sure this weekend, but after that I just don't know," he explained. "I don't really know much about Ole Miss at all and even though Mississippi State sent Coach Croom by here on Tuesday, I still don't know much about them either."

As for his official visit to Tulsa, Wright explained that his decision to take the visit was influenced by a relationship he has with one of their coaches, former Arkansas offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn.

"I think Coach Malzahn and I have a pretty good relationship, you know, we're pretty good friends," said the four-star receiver. "He just wanted me to come up there and check it out, so that's why I went. It was a nice visit and everything, and it's a nice school and town and everything."

Wright, who has great relationships with several college coaches, has been hosting coaches left and right, but says one school's representatives stand out.

"Coach Riley and Coach McNeil came by today from Texas Tech," he said on Wednesday night. "They talked about what they have to offer if I go there. They said this one thing that got me laughing, they said that they pass for a living they didn't just start passing. I thought that was pretty funny. They have a slot receiver, Danny Amendola, that's graduating, and they want me to play his position."

Wright then mentioned the one thing Texas Tech can offer that no other school can.

"He caught over 100 passes last year," said Wright. "And I think I could do that or do even better. It would be a great opportunity for sure."

But would that be enough to pull him away from his home state?

"I'm not sure," he pondered. "See the thing is, Arkansas finally has a quarterback. That Mallett guy from Michigan just transferred in and now Coach Petrino is saying that we're going to throw it all the time too, so I'm just going to have to wait and see."

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