Baton Rouge, La—James Wright of Belle Chase committed to LSU today.
“I committed to LSU this (Sunday) morning,” Wright said. “I liked the academics, the football and I feel like I have a good relationship with the coaches. All of the players I talked to liked the school. Overall, it seemed like the best place for me.”
Wright is an important pick up for Les Miles as the 2010 class suddenly became devoid of WRs in the last two weeks with Justin Hunter and Mike Davis, both out of state recruits, deciding to stay closer to home.
Wright is an outstanding athlete who excels in other sports. He is considered the best player on his High School basketball team and has won a state high jump title.
At 6'2" 185 with his high jumping ability he is hard to cover according to Shaw High School coach, Scott Bairnsfather, "He has the rare ability to go up and get a ball over a defender and constantly come down with it. When he dogfights with a defensive back for a ball, he usually wins that battle."
Bairnsfather concluded "He's one of the best receivers we've ever played against."
Wright's father James Sr., himself a standout athlete, was the Lone Star Conference's Basketball Player of the Year at Abilene Christian College where he led his team to two league titles.
Wright the elder recommended football to his son, due to his size and determination. When James the younger asked for his Dad's honest opinion he says, "As much as it pained me to say it, I told him football is his best shot."
That shot seems to be hitting the target as the four star prospect is now considered one of the best prospects in the talent rich state of Louisiana and he will suit up for the State's flagship university, LSU.
During his recruiting visit Wright was in the company of several other recruits that could help turn a very good class—currently ranked anywhere from No. 5 to No. 8 on various recruiting services—into a great class.
Trovon Reed—a five-star prospect from Thibodaux, La.—is considered the top WR in Louisiana and committed Auburn on Nov. 13, but coaches in his home state have stayed in touch and LSU—who is putting on the full-court press—is now thought to have a decent chance of landing his services.
Jarrett Fobbs—a Shreveport standout who is committed to Texas A&M—is a versatile four-star receiver with the ability to carry out of the backfield and is considered to be a Percy Harvin-type athlete with good size and breakaway speed.
His commitment to Texas A&M is considered soft, and he has not visited campus. Fobbs received the red-carpet treatment, as he has become an important target for the Tigers and he reportedly left Baton Rouge very high on the Tigers.
Kadron Boone—a former Texas Tech four-star WR commit—is also considered a top priority and may be leaning toward the Tigers. The Florida standout is took his final visit to Baton Rouge this weekend and has LSU listed as one of his three finalists.
Justin Parker—a three-star line backer—and Brandon Jackson—a three-star defensive tackle—were among the other visitors not already committed to the Tigers.
Not visiting this weekend but still a strong possibility for the Tigers is five-star RB Lache Seastrunk, from Temple Texas. Seastrunk is down to LSU or Oregon. He could contribute immediately and his girlfriend is currently attending LSU.
Seastrunk and Trovon Reed are also childhood friends—best friends reportedly—and could be reunited in Baton Rouge.
That would be just fine by Les Miles and the rest of Tiger Nation, though LSU will have plenty of depth at RB from this year’s class regardless.
Bottom line, this class is solid right now but could quickly become one of the best in the nation—in a year that was expected to be down due to a lack of top Louisiana prospects—and might just be the Mad Hatter's best trick yet!