Miles offers James Wright

Les Miles offered James Wright on Saturday

Belle Chasse (La.) receiver James Wright never got too anxious or upset waiting on LSU head coach Les Miles to offer him a scholarship. But when the headman made the overture to Wright on Saturday when he made an unofficial visit to LSU, there was a big weight that was lifted off his shoulders.

“It was a big relief to know that LSU finally offered,” Wright said as he headed back to Belle Chasse on Saturday evening.

Wright was one of the prospects that were invited to LSU on Saturday as Miles and his staff prepare for their first summer camp session that starts on Sunday. He joined Jordan Allen, Trovon Reed, Damien Jacobs, Eric Reid, Mike Davis, Justin Maclin, Jonathon Mincy, LaDarius Owens, and Michael Taylor to name a few.

 

While the camp will draw several prospects that LSU is recruiting, Wright informed Miles that he wouldn’t be one of them. Miles had something to deliver to Wright and he was going to use camp as the means to deliver it.

 

“They wanted me to come up today when I told them I couldn’t make camp,” Wright said. “I went up today and got to talk to the coaches and it went real good.”

 

Among the many conversations that took place, one special sit down with Miles is what Wright had been looking for.

 

“Coach Miles called me in his office and said he’s stepped back and reevaluated things and that I was a guy that fit what they want to do,” Wright explained. “He said I fit the program as far as my character and he came to the conclusion that LSU was all about players like me.”

 

Wright had been waiting for LSU join the list of schools that has offered that now includes the likes of Alabama, Tennessee, Texas Tech, Arkansas, Nebraska, Virginia, Stanford and amongst others.

 

Some began to speculate that LSU may have waited too long and it will be too late to make a serious run at Wright. However, he says that is not the case and LSU is now squarely in the mix.

 

“LSU is a big school and accomplished a lot so that meant a lot to get that offer,” he said. “I always said I was going to be patient and if LSU didn’t offer then no hard feelings. They have a plan for what they need and if I didn’t fit it then I’d find some place I did.

 

“I’m glad LSU offered because it’s a big time program and it’s close to home, so I will definitely be considering LSU.”

 

Now that LSU has offered, Wright said the Tigers are up there in his group of favorites and now things just got a lot more interesting.

 

“No doubt,” Wright said when asked if this changes things. “As I go on and get deeper into this the more open I get. LSU is a great school so now that they’ve offered they’re going to be up there high. I just still don’t want to eliminate anyone or say that I have a favorite because I’m not there yet. But things are different now.”

 

As a junior, Wright caught 58 passes for 1,058 yards and 18 touchdowns. He also rushed for 214 yards and four scores on 22 attempts. He received LSWA Class 4A All-State honors to go with his All-District 8-4A and All-Metro awards.

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