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Jordan's Markus Wright signs with Army

DAVID MITCHELL dmitchell@ledger-enquirer.com

Video: Markus Wright signs to play with United States Military Academy at West Point

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Jordan linebacker Markus Wright said it was a day bigger than himself. With best friends like Columbus’ Essang Bassey, who signed earlier in the day with Wake Forest, in the crowd, Wright said it was a day for all athletes to represent their hometown.

Wright signed with Army during Wednesday’s national signing day, making official a decision he had made in January. Despite having previously been committed to California, Wright said he was anxious for the opportunity to represent his city and school at a school like West Point.

“I feel like it’s bigger than myself,” he said. “I feel like I represent my whole community because people don’t get the same chances and the same opportunities.”

Wright earned his opportunities, though. He was a first-team All-Bi-City selection as a senior despite missing the first three games of the season. He finished the season with 60 tackles, three for loss, an interception returned for a touchdown, two fumble recoveries and one forced fumble.

Former Jordan football coach Jim Brown, a retired lieutenant colonel in the Army, was in full Army regalia during the ceremony as he stressed what it took for Wright to make it to such a prestigious school.

“He’s a tremendous football player and a tremendous athlete and a tremendous student,” Brown said. “If he didn’t have the student part of this, he wouldn’t be going to West Point.”

Brown, whose uniform is adorned with a host of badges, said he hoped to see even more out of Wright down the line.

“Markus, hopefully you can beat me,” he told Wright. “I’d like to see stars on that shoulder board one day.”

Now, Wright’s attention turns to preparation for college football, something he said began as soon as Jordan’s 2015 season ended.

“It never stopped,” he said. “It’s a constant grind. I’m just going to go up there and ball out and do what I can do.”

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