CJ Wright is Nasty on Both Sides of the Ball
By Barry Every
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Two-way standout CJ Wright has already picked up offers from Coastal Carolina, Hampton, Mercer, Troy and Western Kentucky.
Tyquan Johnson is not the only Screven County Gamecock holding multiple scholarship offers. Two-way standout CJ Wright has already picked up offers from Coastal Carolina, Hampton, Mercer, Troy and Western Kentucky.
At 6-foot, 296-pounds, Wright is a bit of an anomaly on the gridiron. Last year the colossal monster rushed for over 1,000 yards averaging 7.7 yards per carry while hitting pay dirt 21 times. On the defensive side of the ball he racked up 49 tackles, 10.5 TFL’s and two sacks.
One can only imagine what goes through the minds of his opponents when “Big Nasty” hits the second level.
“My biggest assets are my strength and aggression getting after the ball carrier,” Wright said. “I have the same defensive mentality when carrying the rock.”
Oh yeah, this guy is strong. According to Head Coach Ron Duncan, Wright is closing in on the 500-pound bench mark and can squat 700-pounds. He also has an impressive 400-pound power clean.
Coach Duncan has to be tickled pink that his dominant two-way behemoth is back for his fourth varsity season.
“Wright means so much to our program, He impacts both sides of the ball,” Duncan said. “He actually means more to our squad than what Da’Quan Bowers meant to us at Bamberg-Ehrhardt (S.C.)” “Not taking anything away from Bowers, he was a national level recruit, but Wright can do so many things for us.”
Wright is also an accomplished wrestler along with being a dominant track and field competitor. On the mats this season he finished (31-1) with his only loss coming in the GHSA AA Finals. As a sophomore he finished second in the GHSA AA shotput.
It’s no wonder that “Big Nasty” is attracting national attention as a nose guard. Boston College, Cincinnati, Georgia Tech, Louisville, Purdue and Wake Forest are staying in constant contact.
Wright just made his first Junior Day visit of the spring to Georgia State. He will be heading a few miles south this Saturday to visit Georgia Southern and has a planned visit to Coastal Carolina in April.
But one school is really making a push for his services.
“Troy is the most aggressive school recruiting me right now,” Wright said. “Coach Vic Koenning is doing a great job of keeping in touch as well as other members of the staff.” “But I’d also like to hear from two other schools, Clemson and Georgia.” “I’d like to hear more and find out if there is an opportunity at either school.”
The spring evaluation period will definitely be a busy one at Screven County. Look for Wright to reach double digit offers in the next few months. College coaches know that interior defensive linemen are the hardest bodies to find.
Though Wright is enjoying the recruiting process he has kept his eye on the prize; making it to the State Championship Game.
“Everyone has to show heart on every play,’ Wright said. “We need to set a goal of practicing harder and playing harder on every rep, if we do this we will be playing come December.”
With 18 returning starters and the addition of Dublin transfer Erick Roberson the Gamecocks are primed to leave their spur marks in 2017.