Originally posted on Fox Sports West  |  Last updated 7/18/12
CULVER CITY, Calif. --- Lance Wright is from the North Pole. No, really, the North Pole. Wright will be a junior at North Pole High School in Alaska this fall and Santa says its cool to play football. Wright, a 62 188-pound receiver, paid a visit to Los Angeles earlier this week to work with renowned wide receivers coach Charles Collins, also known as Coach C. The two met at the invitation-only Football University (FBU) in Odessa, Texas when Wright was freshman. While in L.A., Wright was one of four wide receivers, including the Rams Jerome Simpson and newly acquired Miami Dolphin Chad Ochocinco, Collins put through drills and had filmed for a soon to be released workout video. Wright, meanwhile, is on the comeback trial. He tore his ACL and meniscus on the opening kickoff of the first game of his sophomore year last season which required him to be flown to Dallas for emergency surgery. My meniscus was locked in my joint, he said. After extensive rehab, Wright competed in track during the spring and says hes 100 healthy. He came to Los Angeles to work out in preparation for the upcoming season. Its a testament to Collins. You got people coming from Alaska to come work with Coach C, so you know hes doing something right, Simpson said. Added Wright, hes just the best. He just knows everything. He can look at me when I run one route and tell me what Im doing wrong and how to fix it. Hes the only person that can do that. In addition to being able work with pros, linking up with Coach C, and being outside of Alaska not only allows Wright the chance to get better, but also to be seen in the process. You dont really get much exposure in Alaska from D-1 schools but theres lower schools that our coaches can talk to and that they know, Wright said. But, the reason I (come) down to these camps is to get exposure. I get exposure, mainly, from the camps and people I know. Cal, Miami, and Princeton are schools Wright says he's heard from. He participated in a camp at Texas Tech and says he received good feedback from the Red Raiders' coaching staff. Being away from home to train provides a stark change of pace from an area that receives nearly 65 inches of snowfall per year. We dont have any indoor facilities so in the winter, its like 6 or 7 months or whatever it is, its all snow on the ground. You cant run outside, Wright said. You cant do anything outside really. We got a gym and a weight room and its pretty much all we do. When we get ready for track we just run in the hallways and just try to find open space. Los Angeles is just one stop on the summer road trip for Wright, which started nearly two months ago. Wright has spent the majority of his summer vacation training in Texas before coming to California to work with Coach C. Later this week, hell participate at the FBU TOP GUN 2012 camp in Williamsburg, Virginia before making his way back home. Despite the difficulties that come with training and lack of exposure, Wright says hes OK with the travel and doesnt plan on leaving Alaska before he finishes his high school career. (Its) home, he said. I got friends and this is where weve been forever so, I dont want to move.
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