Garrison Wright is a force of an offensive lineman standing at 6 feet and 4 inches tall while weighing in at 320 pounds.
A big part of his life growing up was athletics. He was a three-sport standout throughout high school and also etched his name into the Marysville High School weightlifting record books. He became just the third student in school history to achieve the 1,100-pound club (combined figures from bench press, squat and clean lifts) when he did so in 2011. He was the first person to achieve the milestone at Marysville since 1999.
Anybody getting to know the transfer out of Butler Community College may not be surprised about his dominance in the weight room, football field or basketball court, but the third sport he starred is reason for a double take.
Wright made three trips to the high school state tournament for tennis.
"It was just unusual for a guy my size to be playing tennis," Wright said with a grin starting to form on his face.
Wright and his cousin Tanner got into tennis at a young age because of a longtime mentor and family friend, Mary Kessinger-Wassom.
"We both enjoyed it. It was a ton of fun," Wright said. "She really has helped us grow as people through tennis and through our high school careers."
Kessinger-Wassom helped shape Wright as a person. Off the court or field he is soft spoken and has a gentle presence. He often babysits Kessinger-Wassom's three sons to this day when he comes home because he is their favorite choice.
On the field is a different story. Wright drew football recruiters to his tennis matches so they could see his agility and athleticism first hand. That is something he prides himself in and is the big reason he was able to adjust to offensive line so quickly after just moving to that position a couple of years ago.
"Having a good punch is something I have really focused on," Wright said. "Using athleticism as the key to my game is really important to me."
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