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Goal No. 9: ELIMINATE MISTAKES. Don’t beat yourself.
#9 Jacardia Wright
Redshirt Freshman | 6-0 | 213 lbs. | Decatur, Illinois
- Position: Running Back
- Previous College: None
- Projection: Second-String
- Status: On Scholarship
Jacardia Wright (b. Sept. 9, 2000) is an big, physical running back from St. Teresa High School in Decatur, Illinois, who surprised many by rushing quite capably as a true freshman.
Wright saw time in three games in 2019 as he preserved his redshirt for the season, and he finished the year with 122 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries, several of which were nifty.
He helped the Wildcats to earn a victory in the regular-season finale against Iowa State with a career-high 60 rushing yards, including a 12-yard touchdown run in the second quarter.
Wright also rushed a season-high 14 times against Bowling Green before suffering an injury and missing most of the early to mid-season, otherwise he might not have redshirted at all.
He played under head coach Mark Ramsey at St. Teresa, where he was rated the 119th-best athlete in the Class of 2019 by 247Sports, while ESPN viewed him as the 107th-best safety and 35th-best player in the state of Illinois.
Wright rushed for 8,821 yards and 133 touchdowns during his career, both ranking as the second-best mark in Illinois high school football history, and garnered three straight Macon County Football Player of the Year honors from the Herald & Review — only the second player ever to earn that honor.
He was named to the USA TODAY Sports/American Family Insurance All-Illinois first team as a defensive back in 2018, while he was a second-team honoree as a running back in 2017.
Wright chose K-State over offers from Central Michigan, Iowa, Michigan State, Minnesota, Northern Illinois, Purdue and Western Michigan, as well as interest from Illinois, Indiana, Memphis and Michigan.
His lead recruiter was his position coach, running backs coach Brian Anderson.