La Marque's return to Class 4A prominence has been keyed by the duo of brothers Antonio and Tim Wright, a pairing that could one day be playing in Austin.
The pair made a visit to Texas during the Longhorns' 34-24 win over Texas Tech last Saturday, the first of what will be numerous trips for Antonio, a 5-11, 285-pound junior defensive tackle, and Tim, a 5-9, 190-pound sophomore running back. The trip came less than 24 hours after the Cougars lost a hard-fought 44-34 shootout to Class 5A power Galena Park North Shore, where Antonio Wright recorded six tackles and Tim Wright ran for 116 yards and three touchdowns on 11 carries.
"This was a good experience for me," said Antonio. "Being in a collegiate atmosphere has given me a good idea of what to expect during my search for a college to attend."
Antonio has already drawn attention from Texas Tech and Houston and plans on making a visit to Texas A&M later in the season, but the excitement of being a part of a Texas program that previously attracted former La Marque standout LB Rashad Bobino to the school is a plus.
"Texas has a lot of what I'm looking for," Antonio said. "The atmosphere and the way the crowd supports the team is something I can see myself be a part of."
Tim Wright has just begun to draw attention from major programs, as Texas and UCLA have made known their interest in the slashing tailback, who is part of La Marque's "Thunder and Lightning" backfield along with senior Le'Reco Williams. Wright has a solid season thus far for the 2-1 Cougars, a school seeking to return to the postseason after a 3-6 campaign in 2008 knocked the five-time Class 4A state champions out of the playoffs for the first time since 1989.
The younger Wright has also been a major factor in the team's passing game. He led the team with 83 yards (on two catches) in a win over rival Galveston Ball on Sept. 4 and had a reception to help fuel La Marque's first scoring drive last week. He also added a two-point conversion while playing quarterback in the team's "Cougar" formation.
"I loved the crowd and how they got involved well before the game started," said Timothy Wright. "It's early for me, and I know there's a long time between now and the time I make a final decision, but I liked what I saw. What really impressed me was how close-knit the team was. It kinda reminds me of how we're like a family in the La Marque locker room."
Tim will likely make a visit to Texas Tech later in the season, but for now, the duo will concentrate on La Marque's District 24-4A opener at state-ranked Angleton on Friday night.
As La Marque looks to get back to its dominant form, there will be many key components that need to be in place in order to make big things happen. There is no doubt that Tim and Antonio Wright will be in the mix as the Cougars make the push. And that's obvious as colleges have made the move to get these guys to the next level. TPI has an update on the two.
Wright Bros. recruitment already takes flight