WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — All he needs is one mic, one beat, one stage.
It's no coincidence, Purdue freshman Milton Wright wears the number one.
What is a coincidence? The 18-year-old wide receiver already has one career on his mind after playing football: sports broadcasting.
"I always thought people talking about sports was really, really cool," Wright said. "One, I love sports and talking about it and hearing other people's opinion is really intriguing to me. I also think its a great avenue after sports."
Wright's favorite on-air personality is Stephen A. Smith.
"I don't have the same personality as him but he is very intelligent in what he talks about and he knows his stuff," Wright said.
The Wright stuff. Milton J (the J stands for James) is different from Stephen A. Smith. But Wright tries to model his game to this NFL superstar: Julio Jones.
"He's a big guy but he's also fast and knows how to come out of breaks really well," said Wright.
Imagine a replica of Julio Jones playing next to Rondale Moore. The Christian Academy of Louisville graduate Wright says the former Louisville Trinity star Moore was one reason why he decided to attend Purdue.
"It was a big influence," Wright said. "For a true freshman to come in and do that and someone that is so close to me — I've seen him run track and I've seen him play down the road so it was a pretty big impact to say I could do it myself. I also felt like Kentucky people coming up here we're going to do something special."
The biggest reason why Moore landed at Purdue is the same reason for Wright: Louisville native Jeff Brohm.
"He's brought me in like I'm his own kid," said Wright. "Every college has its own organizational feel but man it feels like we're together."
Louisville, Kentucky, Ohio State and Alabama are four of several schools that pursued Wright. What does his decision to go to Purdue say about the Boilers' program?
"I'd say that's more honesty, more truthfulness and more home feel," Wright said. "I say that a lot but man it's true. When you come here it doesn't feel like a job. It feels like I'm about to go have fun and I'm about to score some touchdowns."
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