5-star overhaul: Tennessee lands top 10 prospect in offensive lineman Darnell Wright
Tennessee put a ton of time into recruiting Darnell Wright since Jeremy Pruitt’s arrival back in December of 2017. Those efforts paid off in a big way on National Signing Day as the nation’s final uncommitted five-star prospect made his decision — he is a Vol.
The massive 6-foot-6, 320-pound Wright is rated as the nation’s No. 10 overall prospect and the No. 2 offensive tackle in the nation for the 2019 recruiting cycle by 247Sports Composite Rankings. While Wright had scholarship offers from the likes of Alabama, Georgia, Clemson, Ohio State and Penn State, Tennessee’s only competition for the Huntington, W.V., native was the in-state school, West Virginia.
“I just felt as though it was a good fit for me, not just football but academically,” Wright said of his decision.
With Wright finally joining Tennessee’s class, the Volunteers jump all the way up to No. 11 in the 2019 team recruiting rankings. If you missed it, Wright wasn’t the only All-American to join Tennessee’s recruiting class on National Signing Day as California linebacker Henry To’oto’o also pledged to Jeremy Pruitt’s program on Wednesday.
Wright will join five-star Tennessee signee Wanya Morris on Rocky Top after both prospects participated at the 2019 Under Armour All-American Game. Both players started in the All-Star game and there is a chance both do the same on Rocky Top in 2019.
To get an idea of what Wright brings to Rocky Top, check out his Huntington High School highlight reel: