VT Offers 2012 RB/LB

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Virginia Tech has extended a scholarship offer to Highland Springs (VA) running back/linebacker Jerome Wright, who is truly a sleeper in the 2012 class. The 6’2″, 220-pound Wright, home-schooled from third grade through 11th, worked his way to become a major part of head coach Loren Johnson’s squad. And now he has an offer to show for his efforts.

“He has a gray-shirt offer from Virginia Tech,” Johnson said. “He’s just waiting to take the official visit, so his mother can see everything. They’ve been to UVa for an unofficial visit. Now, he’s waiting to take an official or unofficial to Virginia Tech.”

UVa has shown interest but has not offered. Virginia Tech is the first and only offer for Wright, a player with potential on both sides of the ball. He primarily played running back for the Springers, but he did see action at linebacker on occasion. One of those occasions came in the regular season finale, where Wright returned an interception 35 yards for a score in a 12-7 win over playoff-bound Varina. He added an 11-yard touchdown run to win the game.

What position is Virginia Tech recruiting Wright to play?

“I would say as an athlete,” said Johnson, who coached former Tech running back Ryan Williams while at Stonewall Jackson in Manassas, Virginia. “I don’t rip and rave about a lot of kids, but when they’re good they’re good. He is a linebacker that can really run. Whatever position he plays, he could be good. He could be a great player in the offensive backfield, or he could be a good addition on the defensive end.”

In just half a year at Highland Springs, Wright has exhibited a strong work ethic and character.

“He’s a phenomenal kid,” Johnson said of Wright, who carries a 3.8 GPA while taking AP and Honors courses. “The kid brings maturity to the table at this age. Jerome has a mature, workman mentality. His thought the entire year has been to prove to the guys that he is worthy of wearing our uniform. If he takes that mentality to college, he’ll be fine.

“Also, he has never been in a real weight program. He lifted weights with us for four weeks in the summer, and that’s really it. If he does the gray-shirt, he’ll have that spring, the summer, and then he could possibly red-shirt.”

Virginia Tech may well have a chance to bring Wright into the fold soon, assuming he does make a visit in the coming weeks. Should the Hokies succeed, Wright would be