My first chance to see Akron Manchester’s RB Ethan Wright was Thursday in a scrimmage against Minerva High School. On the first play from scrimmage, he ran 60 yards for a touchdown. Impressive.
Guessin 6’1-185, but Ethan says closer to 190. Anyway, he can run fast. Has a natural burst. Breaks tackles. Has excellent vision. Can make the cut. Good initial quickness.
On one play he ran toward the sideline. Stopped just short of going out of bounds. Broke a tackle and gained another 4 yards. He also has some “wiggle” in the open field.
Caught the ball out of the backfield, but he needs to improve his hands. Does run well after the catch. Runs with little effort, and he does accelerate.
Also played free safety on defense. May be able to convert to a corner in college, but will need to improve hips.
Ethan’s favorite position is running back. That is what he has trained himself to be. For the record last year, as a sophomore, he rushed for 2,486 yards and scored 32 TD’s. Also has 366 receiving yards.
Cincinnati has offered and has told him that he could be a running back. Ethan likes the thought of being a college running back. So much will depend on how much bigger he can get. On offense he could be a slot receiver, as well.
Some Power Five schools see him as a DB, maybe even a corner. He does play well downhill.
A three sport athlete at Manchester. Plays basketball. In the spring he runs track. Credited with a 10.9/100m as a 10th grader.
I agreed with Ethan when he told me that he has to get bigger/stronger/faster. Needs to keep working on his change of direction. Playing 3 sports limits his time in the off season strength program, but he will need to find time.
Ethan wants a big shot at running back. To me, he is a natural running back, but size and strength improvement will be huge. Regardless of which side of the ball he lines up, he is an MSR top recruit in the Ohio 2020 Class.
Great attitude. Communicates well. 3.4GPA in the classroom. Represents Jim France and Manchester High School very well.