November 26, 2007

Official visit set for Jarius Wright?

With several Division I prospects on their roster, Warren (AR) High School had high hopes coming into the season and were expecting a state title. After losing to rival Nashville High in last year's 4A title game on a disputed call, the Lumberjacks were hungry for revenge coming into last Friday's re-match with Nashville. Jarius Wright, a four-star prospect and arguably Warren's best player, was at the center of last year's controversy, when his two-point conversion attempt that initially appeared to break the plane of the goal line was ruled short by a line judge.

This year, Wright was once again one of the main storylines of the game, having severely injured his ankle in the previous week's game. Though Wright was held out of practice all week, he still had a dominating performance, registering six catches for 120 yards and a touchdown. However, Wright's heroics weren't enough to put the Jacks over the top, and Nashville scored a late touchdown to seal a 49-39 win.

"There's not too much to say really," said the highly competitive Wright. "We just lost. They outplayed us and we lost. It's pretty disappointing."

Though Wright certainly wasn't at 100%, he refused to use his ankle as an excuse.

"It was feeling alright," he said of his ankle. "I mean, it wasn't the best, but they had it taped up pretty good. You just have to play through pain. You're not always going to be 100%, so you have to figure out how to play through that."

While the 5-foot-11, 180-pound receiver was disappointed by his team's early exit from the playoffs, he is now turning his focus to recruiting and baseball.

"It's definitely weird to know that I'm done with high school football, but now I'm focusing on playing at the next level," he explained. "I'm going to look at my official visits and all that and I'm also going to play baseball."

Wright explained that even though his future lies in football, he still loves to play baseball.

"I've always played baseball," said Wright, who will play left field. "I'm not great or anything, like no colleges are looking at me, but I've pretty much played every year and it's something I really enjoy."

But before he hits the diamond, he'll do his best to make sure that Arkansas, where he is currently committed, is the right place for him.

"I'm going to take some official visits for sure," said Wright. "I'm thinking probably Florida, Texas Tech, maybe LSU, and I haven't visited Arkansas officially yet, so I need to do that still."

Though Wright's high school career might have ended Friday night, it looks like his journey to the next level is just beginning.

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