Vanderbilt DB, former Alabama and Ole Miss commit, reportedly withdraws from transfer portal
Vanderbilt defensive back De’Rickey Wright, who entered the transfer portal in February, has withdrawn his name from the portal, according to a report from Matt Zenitz of On3 Sports.
Wright made 24 tackles last season, and previously held a commitment to both Alabama and Ole Miss. As a freshman in 2020, Wright appeared in 4 games and made 6 tackles.
Wright is a rising junior outside linebacker/safety who played the “Anchor” position at Vanderbilt, the commonly used hybrid slot on defense. Last season in 8 games he also chipped in 3 1/2 tackles for a loss. The 6-foot-4, 230-pounder was a 4-star recruit, according to 247Sports.
Wright is in the mix for a starting role this season, and he was a co-starter last season, but missed time because of a suspension.
Clark Lea spoke about Wright after he missed the Mississippi State game.
“Any time that you’re rebuilding a program, part of that rebuild has to be the decisions we make and the way we function, our behaviors off the field,” Lea said. “It has gotta be a complete turnaround, and things that hamper performance aren’t just the Xs and Os and aren’t just the preparation. There are the choices and decisions that we make 24 hours a day and seven days a week. De’Rickey is a young player and young person that has some maturing to do, and he will, and we are gonna support him through that. But in the meantime, there are certain things that we’re not gonna allow for and that we’re not gonna accept. We’re dealing with that with De’Rickey right now.”