James Conner came to Pitt as a player with the capability of playing either defensive end or running back in college.
The decision to go with running back worked out well as he went on to get drafted in the 3rd round by the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The Pitt staff is currently recruiting a player with the same skill set and he looks and runs a lot like the former Pitt star back.
Brandon Wright is a 6-foot-2, 220 pound athlete from Euclid, Ohio. The 3-star recruit is getting recruited by schools to play both running back and defensive end. Along with Pitt, Wright holds offers from Boston College, Indiana, Purdue and Western Michigan.
On Thursday, Wright tells Pittsburgh Sports Now that he’ll be making a visit to Pitt.
“I talk with Coach Powell a lot and I believe we have a really good relationship. He tells me that there’s a lot of opportunity available for me at Pitt,” said Wright. “He believes that Pitt would be a good fit for me. They have a great history with backs and they run the ball a lot. I think Coach Powell and Pitt can help me a lot.”
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Watching Wright on tape, his size and speed are the things that immediately stand out.
“I consider myself a power back and like to run people over but also am capable of running past defenders as well. Those are my two biggest assets, my speed and strength as a runner.”
As mentioned earlier, Wright will visit Pitt Thursday and then next week will head to Purdue.
“I’m completely open right now. I have a lot of schools recruiting me and whoever I believe will be best for my future is where I’ll commit to.”
Pitt will graduate two running backs after this year so it’s likely that Pat Narduzzi will be looking to take two backs in this class.