Five-star offensive tackle Darnell Wright is easily one of the Tennessee Vols’ top 2019 recruiting targets.
The 6-foot-6/320 pound Huntington, WV native is rated in 247Sports’ composite rankings as the top player in the state of West Virginia and the No. 2 offensive tackle in the nation. They also rate him as the No. 9 overall 2019 player in the nation.
Given the Volunteers’ offensive line woes over the last few years, it’s easy to see why Wright is such a huge priority for UT head coach Jeremy Pruitt and his staff.
On Thursday, Wright released his top ten schools and the Vols were among those who made the cut.
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— Darnell Wright (@darnell_5232) July 26, 2018
As you can see, the Vols will face some very stiff competition for Wright. Alabama, Clemson, Georgia and Ohio State are some of the top programs in the nation at the moment. It’s not easy to beat out any of those schools for a top recruit.
But Pruitt is doing what he can, even sneaking in a reference to Wright’s hometown during his SEC Media Days appearance last week.
Vols HC Jeremy Pruitt mentioned Huntington, WV (5-star OT Darnell Wright), Charlotte (5-star ATH Quavaris Crouch), Grayson High (5-star OT Wanya Morris, 5-star LB Owen Pappoe) and Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (4-star OLB Khris Bogle) in his SEC Media Days remarks.
— Jesse Simonton (@JesseReSimonton) July 19, 2018
Wright has visited Tennessee twice since Pruitt took over the program, with his last visit coming on June 1.
It feels like, for now, that Wright’s decision will come down to Alabama and Tennessee. Wright, by the way, has a connection to East Tennessee, as his high school coach is from Morristown, TN (less than a hour from Knoxville) and coached there for eight years.
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