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June 19, 2013

Scouting the Calabasas student-athlete

Calabasas (Calif.) running back Anthony Wright is not your normal kid. A year younger than most of the guys in his class, Wright is what you would call a bright youngster.

That's just fine with his father, who has raised Anthony as a single parent. After all, with Fresno State's radar having picked up on Wright, his future is looking pretty bright.

Wright, a 5-foot-10, 185-pound senior, doesn't have any official offers yet, but it's hard to imagine him waiting too much longer. In the meantime, Wright is doing everything he can to prepare himself for when the offers start to come. Having just taken home the award for 11th Grade Overall MVP at the National Underclassmen Combine in Cincinnati, one has to imagine that schools will be taking a much harder look at Wright as he continues to develop.

"This off-season I've been working with B2G," Wright said. "Then I'm just working with my school. We have a couple tournaments we go to. I was also in the Elite 16 with B2G I've been working with my speed a lot. You know, my hips so I can do a lot more on the field. My fluid [movement]. I actually am trying to work on how to ream more, as well. I'm just working on everything, like catching. I'll work on anything to get better."

This attitude and work ethic is part of the reason that Wright is entering his final year of high school play ahead of schedule. For Wright, hard work and dedication isn't just a way of life, it also embodies his running style.

"I'm a hard runner," Wright said. "I'm really strong. I know how to read [the defenses]. I don't give up. It doesn't take one person to take me down. It takes a lot of people to take me down. My first contact is not gonna get me tackled. I'm a great kid. I'm a great teammate. I understand the game. I have great leadership qualities. When teams need me, they know they can depend on me. I'm a hard worker and you will never see me slacking."

Wright's hard work has paid dividends entering into his final year of high school play. Calabasas plans to feature Wright more prominently in their offense this year.

"The power-back system," Wright said of the offense that suits him best. "My coach is actually making his own offense off of me for next season."

While the Bulldogs continue to evaluate Wright, he has definitely done some evaluating of his own and likes what he sees in Fresno.

"Yes, definitely," Wright said of his familiarity with the Bulldog program. "Actually, I visited there for one of my other programs that I'm in for high school and I got to spend the night there previously. I liked the campus. It's a really nice campus. The weather's great. The environment seems perfect. I like the place."

Wright believes that taking the time to make the right fit will be the most important factor in deciding where he plays football next year.

"I would say majors," Wright said of the thing that is most important to him. "Because I want to go to a school that's gonna fit for me and have what I want to study. I'm undecided, but I'm leaning toward sports medicine. It's something I enjoy and I'm good at."

While having an academic program to fit his needs is high on Wright's list, the school's location is not something that will play a factor in where he plays his college football.

"I actually don't care what the environment is or where it's at," Wright said. "I'll go anywhere. Where ever a college needs me, I'm willing to go. I'll work from far away. Distance is not a factor in my decision for a school. I'm actually from Ohio, so I'm from far away originally. Fresno State is great, and it doesn't matter where I go. Like, it's honestly not a factor. Distance isn't a factor. I previously visited Purdue, Akron, Toledo, Bowling Green, and Louisville."

You hear that? Work. Wright says that he will go to 'work' anywhere. That approach to his schoolwork and training has carried Wright throughout his life and he has no intentions of slowing down. For Wright, the process has always been about getting better and receiving his education.

"The most rewarding thing would be just meeting new people everywhere I go," Wright said of his recruiting experience. "Hearing people with similar stories. I went to the Rivals Camp in Ohio because I was from Ohio and actually live in California. You know, just going back home and meeting all these people who are getting offers and stuff. That's a reward because I see my competition and how much harder I have to work."

No, the reward will be seeing Wright's hard work and dedication pay off. The Bulldogs would be fortunate to land themselves a player with Wright's mental makeup. Actually, he sounds like a Bulldog already.

Stay tuned to FSBulldogs.com for more updates on the Fresno State 2014 recruiting class.

Josh Webb is a special contributor to FSBulldogs.com. You can follow him on Twitter at @BulldogsTwist.


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