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Cole Wright makes verbal commitment

Cole Wright 4 2017 FORREST

It’s been a long time coming, but Union County senior quarterback Cole Wright has decided where he’ll play at the next level…and it’s Army-West Point.

The dual threat QB ranks as one of the tops in the state in total yardage, and has proven time and again that he’s as hard to stop in the run game as he is in the passing game.

“The combination of football at the highest level and their high level of academics is unmatched,” says Wright on what sold him on Army-West Point.

“Now I can play stress free and enjoy the rest of the year with my best friends,” adds Wright on being able to close his recruiting process.

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Wright was forced into backup duty his first two years at Union County, with former Panthers great Joseph Mancuso in place at the QB position through 2015. Mancuso, one of the state’s all-time leader in passing yards (8,110) and touchdowns (88), was also a dual threat who collected 2,048 rushing yards and 21 TD in the running game. If you’re calculating, that’s over 10,000 yards of offense and more than 100 TD for Mancuso’s career. Mancuso currently plays at Richmond at the the NCAA Division-I level.

Here is just a sample of what Cole Wright can do!

Wright saw some action as a sophomore (and a few pass attempts as a freshman), but entered his 2016 junior year with only 160 passing yards (19/31 passing) with exactly no touchdowns and one interception. So it was that Wright put himself on the map with an excellent 2016 campaign that saw him throw for 1,853 yards and 15 TD, while rushing for 1,450 yards and 20 TD. He certainly began turning heads.

Cole wright stats

Through Week 7 of the 2017 season, Wright’s Panthers are 4-3, looking to snap a three-game losing streak when visiting The Brickyard at North Hall in a pivotal Region 7-AAA game. Wright has 1,072 passing yards (15 TD) and 680 rush yards (9 TD) so far this season.

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