Colton Wright's left knee was in rough shape during his junior year at Tahlequah High School. A couple of bone fractures and some torn ligaments during the latter part of his sophomore year kept Wright from playing football at all during his junior campaign.
He returned for his senior year and posted substantial statistics on both sides of the ball for the Tigers. His 170 tackles on defense and 546 yards rushing on offense now has him receiving looks from prospective Division II college football programs.
"I committed to SWOSU (Southwestern Oklahoma State), but I am waiting on one more offer," Wright told the Daily Press this week. "I am supposed to be getting one from SBU (Southwest Baptist)...and then I will know for sure."
After receiving word from Southwest Baptist, which is in Bolivar, Mo., Wright opted to stay firm with SWOSU, a Division II institution in Weatherford.
National signing day for college commits is Wednesday. Verbal commitments until then are non-binding.
Following his senior season, Wright was named to the All-District team in 5A-4.
"He came back from an injury that you wouldn't see many come back from," Tahlequah head coach Brad Gilbert said of Wright, who tore his lateral meniscus, anterior cruciate ligament and calf muscle while also suffering a bone fracture below the knee.
Some of Wright's teammates are also picking up interest as signing day approaches. According to Gilbert, defensive lineman Wesley Rivas has committed to William Penn (Iowa), and quarterback David Dick will be a preferred walk-on at Central Oklahoma.
Tahlequah offensive and defensive lineman Charles Lamons is also drawing interest but said he's hoping for a late push from Northeastern State, which used to be in the Lone Star Conference with SWOSU. The RiverHawks also played Southwest Baptist the past two seasons in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association, but the Bearcats are moving to the Great Lakes Valley Conference in 2014.
As of Wednesday, no other area athletes from Sequoyah, Keys or Hulbert were drawing much interest from college coaches.