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FOOTBALL RECRUITING: Nothing Can Go Wrong For Senior Damon Wright And UofD Jesuit Right Now

   | Branden Hunter

FOOTBALL RECRUITING: Nothing Can Go Wrong For Senior Damon Wright And UofD Jesuit Right Now

DETROIT - For the first time in 12 years University of Detroit Jesuit played it's way into the state playoffs, and are still alive, with a big match up with division rival Brother Rice looming Saturday.

The Cubs won their first district title since 2002 this past Friday against Oak Park in a 14-8 thriller, improving to 7-4 on the season.

Their senior class, led by DE Jacari Faulkner (Western Michigan), LB Paris Bennett (Syracuse), DB Dillon Dixon (Toledo and Buffalo offers), and WR Damon Wright (Ohio Dominican offer), hasn't had a winning season at UofD Jesuit until this year. And Wright believes that they have the talent to go all the way.

"It all depends on how bad we want it," Wright said on winning a state title. "I feel the season is going great, and just making a playoff appearance was a good accomplishment for us. As a team, we've made a big leap from where we first started." 

The Catholic League Central Division is arguably the best football division in the state of Michigan. Playing Brother Rice, Catholic Central, Orchard Lake St.Mary's and De La Salle is no easy feat. Consider this. The Cubs went 0-4 in league play this season, and hasn't had a league win since 2005. Yet first year head coach Oscar Olejniczak has willed them to a winning record, and has instilled a winning mentality back to the program.

"Coach Olejniczak has had a huge influence here at UofD," said Wright. "He changed the way we think, because we were used to being a losing team. He changed our attitudes and made us thrive to be greater, because we've always had talent here."

UofD Jesuit certainly has some of the best talent in the city, even if they aren't talked about or heavily recruited. Wright only has an offer from Ohio Dominican University, but the 6-0, 165-pound wide receiver believe more offers like that will come.

"Ohio Dominican is my only offer as of right now," he said. "But I'll probably get more after I go to some of the unsigned senior camps. I'm going to work on my size and speed more in the off-season."

Notre Dame College, and Defiance College have also shown interest in Wright, with the Panthers showing the most love right now.

"We talk often, like once or twice a week," Wright said about Ohio Dominican. "They just keep me updated on how the team is doing, and they also tell me what they would want for me to improve on as a slot guy."

Wright said he doesn't know when he'll make his college decision, as he awaits more offers and more importantly wants to focus on Saturday's playoff game against Brother Rice. The Warriors won the first meeting back in week eight 38-0.

"This game is going to be huge,"he said. "They got the best of us for years, and just to have a shot to play them one more time before the season is over just amplifies the game a ton."