Two days ago, that same conversation took place when Gerald Wright
Jr called the coaching staff at Marshall
, most notably his lead recruiter Jajuan Seider and Head Coach Doc Holliday. The phone call and the commitment made everyone happy, from Wright himself, the Marshall coaching staff and Wright's mother.
Wright is a 6'4", 317 pound lineman who at the high school level is playing guard and center. Wright anticipates being a guard at the college level. Don't worry about his size meaning he will struggle at being able to pull at the next level. Wright ran a 5.2 40 at a camp at the University of Alabama
and showed excellent athleticism at the camp. He also showed off his abilities at a camp earlier at Florida State
. His speed at athletic ability will enable him to play anywhere along the offensive line.
When I caught up with Wright, he was on the bus heading back from a team camp at Georgia Tech
. Wright loves talking about his commitment to Marshall. He is excited to see new places, and meet new people.
Wright still has one more year before he can arrive at Marshall and play, however, he did have some things to say about a current future teammate. He knows quite a few current players for the Herd, all which aided in him waning to come to Huntington. A couple such players were sophomore to be wide receiver Tommy Shuler
, and incoming freshman big time recruit A.J. Leggett
. However, the player that he is most excited about is Marshall starting quarterback, Rakeem Cato
The guys all have connections throughout the middle school and high school ranks in one form or another, in the Miami area. Wright said that he simply, "cannot wait to get to Marshall so he can block for Cato." He loves and respects Cato and said that he is, "wonderful." The current leader of the Herd is already rubbing off on future team members.
Wright cited those reasons as well as the ability to come in and play early as reasons to come to Marshall. That should show the abilities of the lineman all in itself. Offensive line usually takes a more physically mature player to step in and play as a freshman, Wright appears to be on the track to be such a player.
Marshall's offensive line is currently home to one such player already. True Junior, Garrett Scott
played as a true freshman for the Herd two years ago. On a side not, Scott will be moving outside this season from offensive guard to tackle. The rest of the projected starting line this season will be made up of Junior Gage Niemeyer
at left tackle, Sophomore Josh Lovell
at left guard, sophomore Chris Jasperse at center, senior John Bruin at right guard, and Scott at right tackle.
The right guard spot would seem to be one ripe for competition next off season as Wright prepares to finish up his High School career and head to Huntington.
Wright spoke about a few of his teammates who are being recruited by multiple schools as well. Wright will be a senior this season at Miami Northwestern High School.
He is solid in his commitment and continued to reiterate that "Marshall is my home." It is a decision that he made with his mom, and everyone is happy. He has said he will not budge on his commitment even if offers from Alabama or local, Miami, come in.
Stay tuned to Herdhaven.com for further updates.
A coaching staff has to love getting phone calls from large, athletic offensive lineman committing to play four years for their football program. They also must enjoy hearing them say that "Marshall is my home," and, "I am going to help bring championships back to Marshall."