River Wasson is a 6’2″, 175 pound, class of 2024 wide receiver and defensive back for C.M. Russell High School in Great Falls, Montana. River is an explosive player, as his highlight tape from this season shows agile footwork on both kickoffs and catches, and also shows that he is a deep-ball specialist. He was able to score 9 times this season, with some coming on the ground as well as through the air, and he totaled over 600 receiving yards in 2023. River is exceptional at coming down with jump balls, and is an all-around athlete every time he touches the ball. He gets off the line well, runs his routes and cuts well, and is dangerous after the catch.
River currently holds two offers, from Montana Tech and Carroll College. Off the field, he holds a 3.5 GPA, and also plays basketball and track as a three-sport athlete.
I recently had the chance to interview River:
Why and at what age did you start playing football?
“I started playing football at 5 years old.”
Have you always played your current position, or did you play a different position growing up?
“I played safety and wide receiver growing up. But my freshman and sophomore years I played quarterback.”
What sets you apart from everyone else on the field?
“My IQ of the game and my drive to do anything I can to put our team in the best possible position.”
What is your favorite accomplishment so far in your football career?
“My favorite accomplishment so far is having offers going into my senior season.”
What is your favorite memory of playing football so far?
“Scoring my first varsity touchdown that was a pick-6 and celebrating with my teammates after.”
How do you balance athletics and academics?
“I focus on putting academics first.”
What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced on the field?
“Playing with a young inexperienced team this year. Injuring my ankle first game of my senior year and having to play on it during the season.”
Is there a certain player you try to model your game after?
“I can’t say I try to model my game after anyone but I have looked up to upperclassmen and learned from them.”
How do you stay physically fit outside of football?
“By lifting weights and competing in basketball and track.”
What is your end goal for your football career?
“To play in college and get a degree.”
What is the most important lesson you’ve learned playing football?
“To control what you can and to make the best out of the situations you’re in.”
How do you prepare for big games?
“I try to calm down and get my mind right before I play.”
Lastly, who is the biggest role model in your life?
“My biggest role model in my life would have to be my dad.”