published Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

Greeneville's Trevor Wright picks UTC Mocs

UTC FOOTBALL COMMITMENTS

• Kennington Cadwell (Columbia, Ga.), 6-6, 280 OL

• Octavious Davis (Oxford, Ala.), 6-2, 190 S

• C.J. Fritz (McCallie), 5-11, 170 DB

• Melvin Hill (Washington County), 5-8, 175 RB

• Tavon Lawson (Munford, Ala.), 6-1, 190, S

• Bailey Lenoir (East Hamilton), 6-4, 245 TE

• Isaiah Mack (Northwest Whitfield), 6-2, 260 DL

• Bingo Morton (Fairburn Langston Hughes), 6-2, 195 WR

• Montrell Pardue (Clarksville Northeast), 6-0, 185 LB/S

• Branden Parker (Miller Grove, Ga.), 6-3, 250 OL

• Cam Walker (McCallie), 6-4, 245 TE-OL

• Tim Whatley (Columbus Carver), 6-0, 210 LB

• Trevor Wright (Greeneville), 6-1, 175 WR-DB

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    Trevor Wright, No. 1, closes in on Elizabethton’s Ethan Thomas in Greeneville’s 49-20 win in the second round of the state playoffs. Wright has committed to play at UTC.
    Photo by Photo: Dave Boyd/Johnson City Press

The biggest decision remaining for Trevor Wright now is which side of the ball he will play on. The Greeneville (Tenn.) High School all-state athlete ended his recruiting battle Tuesday by committing to the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga during an in-home visit from three Mocs' coaches.

"We talked about trying me on both sides of the ball when I get there and then the coaches figuring out where I fit in best," Wright said. "It really doesn't matter to me. I just want to get on the field and help the team."

The 6-foot-1, 175-pound Wright became the Mocs' 13th commitment and third in as many days. Depending on whether he plays defense or offense, he'll either be the fifth defensive back in this signing class or the second receiver to pledge to UTC in as many days.

In helping Greeneville finish unbeaten in the regular season and reach the Class 4A quarterfinals, Wright averaged 21.4 yards per catch in totaling 750 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns and also had 62 total tackles, four for loss, and returned two of his five interceptions for touchdowns.

A three-year starter, he also averaged 44.3 yards per kickoff return and 22 yards per punt return as a senior, taking back two kicks for scores.

"When I made my visit to UTC, I liked everything about it," said Wright, who was in Chattanooga the weekend before Christmas and had other offers from Furman, Wofford, East Tennessee State, Tusculum and Campbell. "I liked the other players and recruits, the coaches and the city and I just felt like that was the place for me to be. But I also wanted to take a couple of other visits just to be sure, and once those were done, and when the coaches came to visit me at my house, I knew it was time to tell them.

"It's a relief to have the process over and know where I'll be playing now. Coach [Russ] Huesman and the staff just seem like men I want to play for and be around. I think the program has a bright future, and judging by the talent I saw that has already committed, I think we are going to be a playoff team and one that can make a run once we get there. I want to be part of all of that."

Contact Stephen Hargis at shargis@timesfreepress.com or 423-757-6293.

about Stephen Hargis...

Stephen has covered local sports in the tri-state area for more than 23 years, having been with the Times Free Press since its inception, and has been an assistant sports editor since 2005. Stephen is among the most decorated writers in the TFP’s newsroom, winning numerous state, regional and national writing awards, including nine in the last two years. He was named one of the top 10 sports writers in the nation at the Associated ...

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