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The Wright Effect

Getting Louisville Trinity QB Travis Wright doesn't by itself save FIU's 2013 recruiting class in the national rankings that'll get reshuffled in two years once some guys soar like eagles, some guys flop like penguins, some guys flunk like dummies and some guys get arrested like cast members from Different Strokes.

But there's no question Wright's a good late get who could have a domino effect on FIU's season.

(For what it's worth, here's ESPN Recruiting's Ratings on four quarterbacks: Collins Hill (Ga.) Suwanee High Brett Sheehan, who decommitted post-Mario Cristobal firing and signed with South Alabama, 67, two stars; 2012 freshman backup E.J. Hilliard, 73, two stars; Wright, 75, three stars; 2012 starter Jake Medlock, 76, three stars).

All logic says Medlock enters camp as the No. 1 guy. Behind him, Wright should provide legitimate competition to Hilliard. Hilliard's edge in experience gets mitigated because everybody will be learning a new offense. Expect Hilliard to respond to Wright's imminent challenge with a more finely honed diligence in the spring and when Wright arrives in the late summer. 

That makes for a better Hilliard and a better backup, whether its Hilliard or Wright. With a line light on experience and physical maturity, nobody's betting on Medlock making it through the season with perfect attendance.

Israel "Tofi" Paopao? Recruiters comb California for quarterbacks and Paopao didn't show up on anybody's list with any kind of stars until FIU signed him. That says something. His Oceanside High teams had a great record with him as a starter, but when you're beating teams 56-0 and 49-6, a whole lot of other guys are playing well, too. If I'm wrong and he winds up in the mix, too, all the better for FIU.



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