Soccer, appearing, observe: Loyola’s Ceyair Wright does all of it
On the last Thursday in February 2020, before talk of canceling the track and field season or implementing social distancing guidelines over the impending COVID-19 pandemic, Los Angeles defense attorney Ceyair Wright gave Loyola High an indication of how fast he was That could be the case when he triggered a speed boost in a double game against West Hills Chaminade to run 100 meters in 10.92 seconds.
“It was No. 1 in the state at the time,” Wright said. “I was hoping to stay on this path.”
Shortly thereafter, he traveled to North Carolina to film a television pilot. A week later, his friend, Santa Ana Mater Dei defense attorney Domani Jackson, overtook him to # 1 in the state with a time of 10.78.
“He and me teased each other who would end up being the fastest,” Wright said. “If we had continued, I would have dethroned him.”
Wright thought he might try to break the Loyola school record of 10.51 seconds, but the world changed because of the pandemic. The practices stalled. Schools closed. Seasons have been canceled. The athletes had to train alone without knowing when the competition would resume.
Track season has finally given way to football season, and the 175-pound 6-foot Wright can’t wait to see the impact of his speed on cornerback and receiver during a five-game season. Loyola will play against Upland on March 19th.
“The faster you are, the more threatening you are,” he said.
Wright benefited from having his father, Cornelius, a former defense attorney in Arizona, help with training during the pandemic.
“He’s the one who builds drills and mounds,” Wright said. “He’s trying to get me through what he did on his game days.”
Loyola coach Drew Casani has big plans for Wright, a USC signatory.
“We’ll be using it a lot,” said Casani. “In terms of sport, it has the speed and the ability to flow, but it is also long. He has long arms and can jump. Most important is his trust. He believes in himself. “
Wright is someone who thrives at multitasking. In the summer of 2019, he played LeBron James’ son while filming Space Jam 2, which will be released this summer. He was a model when he was 5 and worked in commercials when he was 9. He continues to challenge himself through acting, sports, and school.
“I like that every time you take on a role, you get a new role,” Wright said of acting. “I like to challenge myself. I like to use my emotions and see what I can do and see on the screen. I like to meet so many different people. I’ve met tons of amazing people in my career. It is great.”
One person who made an unforgettable impression was James.
“He’s a great person,” said Wright. “Before I met him and started a relationship, I saw people who talked badly and were not paying attention. Now I know what kind of person he is, I insult myself. I can’t imagine people talking badly about him. He is extremely down to earth, caring and kind. I am ready to defend him. “
Wright’s decision to use the track to improve his speed paid off. After he ran out of his 10.92 time, nearly a dozen soccer scholarship offers came in in the weeks that followed. He was the most recruited Loyola defender since David Long, a current Rams player who joined Michigan in 2016. Wright’s teammate on the other corner, Zakhari Spears, signed with Washington.
“I grew up and learned to put my efforts into many things,” Wright said. “It helps you not to lose your passion. By dividing my energy and effort into many things, I can fall in love with many different things. “
Cornerback is the position Wright has taken on the football field.
“One of the cool things is that you get the chance to share the swing of a game right away,” he said. “It’s exciting to be on this side of football. It is one of the most difficult positions. You go backwards and guard the fastest player on the field. You must have a short term memory. If you get involved with yourself, you will not succeed. Speed is a big deal, but the best I have is technology. I’m trying to make sure I’m in the right position. My knowledge of being a recipient helps me a lot. “
Five defenders this season:
Ceyair Wright, Loyola, Sr .: USC Signer at Speed
Tomorrow Jackson, Mater Dei, Jr .: No. 1 player for Class of 2022
Chance Tucker, Crespi, Sr .: Notre Dame signer with speed and versatility
DJ Harvey, Sierra Canyon, Sr .; Virginia Tech signee is also a good recipient
Daylen Austin, Long Beach Poly, So .: Ready to be Poly’s next star recruit