Watching Akron Manchester’s all purpose athlete Ethan Wright in a scrimmage was enough to convince me that he belonged among the Ohio Class of 2020’s best. Natural athlete with all of the football skills.
Watching him play hoops last night convinced me that he is a class athlete with character. You can include that he knows who is and plays really hard.
Ethan is not going to have Duke chasing him down to play basketball. But he is competitive and lets the game come to him. Watching him run the court he is explosive. At 6’1-190, he can “dunk.” Also plays defense.
Sitting begin the bench with Coach Jim France, I had a great view. Very, very coachable. No showtime. No excuses. He just listened and did the job.
Football is and will be his sport. Watched him run for 3 TD’s in the scrimmage last August and he is a good high school running back. Watched him catch the ball. But I feel that he is an inside DB. Either at strong or free. Excellent range from sideline to side. Reads and reacts to the ball. Good closing speed. Most important, plays with discipline.
Like his toughness. Shows little outward emotion, but really gets it done. Focused.
One of the three sport athletes that college coaches talk about. Besides basketball and football, Ethan runs track in the spring. Last year, as a 10th grader, he ran a 10.8 – 100 meters. Also later in the winter, he is planning to do some extra strength/speed work with Anthony Gary in Springfield.
Offers starting to come in. Some of the bigger school remain in contact with him. Later in January more coaches will be coming by to make non-verbal contact. Spring should be big for him, as well. Believe that Cincinnati is one of the early offers.
Ethan will be one of the top 15 players in the Ohio Class of 2020. With that said, he will be one of the MSR top DB’s. Some will recruit him as a running back. To me he is not a natural RB. But as he develops, he will be a top free safety or strong.
O-State’s Ryan Day has been one of the higher profile programs showing interest. He does need time to develop, but he can and should. Even some high schools in the Akron area have tried to recruit him. Guess that he is learning early.
The very best to Ethan Wright. He seems to handling his early success well.