From 2008-2010, Jerome Wright played running back for the Central Virginia Disciples, a football program featuring home-schooled athletes. After three years, though, he was ready for another level of competition. Playing for Highland Springs (VA) this season certainly served as the challenge Wright was seeking, and his performance throughout the year caught the attention of several colleges including Virginia Tech.
“I started playing for the Disciples my freshman year. Competition-wise, I felt like it wasn’t enough,” said Wright, a 6’1″, 225-pound prospect. “I felt I needed to prove myself first to be good enough to play on the next level.”
It wasn’t an easy transition on several fronts. But by the end of the Springers’ 7-3 campaign, Wright was viewed as one of the top players in the Capital District. He was a full-time starter at running back and a part-time player at linebacker, earning first-team all-Capital District honors for his play on offense.
“I had to get used to it, first of all to school because it’s totally different from what I was used to. Football-wise, it was a little easier because I just love playing the game and will do whatever it takes. I guess I totally got used to it all by mid-season,” Wright said.
“In the beginning, the hardest part was definitely getting used to the crowd. There was never anybody at the Disciples games. I had to get used to my teammates. My teammates really let me in as part of the family really quickly. I felt comfortable with them and the coaches. I had never been around as many players that put in as much work as they did. When I decided to trust them, it all fell into place.”
Springers head coach Loren Johnson, a former standout at Virginia Tech, was impressed initially by Wright’s combination of size and athletic ability. As the year went on, he became impressed by Wright’s abilities on the field as well. Johnson has high hopes for the standout athlete’s career in Blacksburg.
“He’s going to be a good football player in college,” Johnson said. “Four years from now, he could be playing on Sundays. The things he can do for a kid his size are the types of things you have to do to play on Sundays. He had to make me a believer. Once I watched what he could do, I was a believer.”
Frank Beamer and company obviously were impressed as well, coming through...
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