Thanks to an early signing period that saw 19 players sign, the Tennessee Vols don’t have a lot of room left in their 2019 recruiting class.
It’s not known exactly how many more players the Vols will sign on National Signing Day in February, but the number is expected to be around three or four.
One of those spots is reserved for Darnell Wright, a 6-foot-6/320 lb five-star offensive tackle from Huntington, WV.
Wright is rated by 247Sports as the No. 1 player in the state of West Virginia and the No. 2 offensive tackle in the nation. He’s also rated as the No. 10 overall 2019 player in the nation.
The general consensus over the last couple of months has been that Wright is destined to end up at Tennessee. But his decision to not sign early, combined with his desire to visit other schools, has made Vol fans a bit uneasy.
However, there’s some good news this week for Tennessee. According to a report from Rivals, the Vols will receive Wright’s final visit before National Signing Day on February 6.
The visit to Rocky Top will come on the heels of a recent visit to West Virginia. According to his high school coach, who is a native of East Tennessee, the visit to Morgantown went well and Wright “enjoyed his time there”.
Wright might visit North Carolina this upcoming weekend, according to Rivals, before heading to Knoxville the following weekend.
At this point, I think it would be a major surprise if Wright ended up anywhere but Tennessee. He’s developed a solid relationship with UT’s coaching staff and fellow 2019 recruit Wanya Morris (who signed with the Vols in December).
I think Wright wants to make sure he’s done his due diligence during this process, which is why he’s taking his time with his decision. But I ultimately think he’ll be wearing orange next fall.
If Tennessee ends up signing Wright, it will give them two offensive tackles (along with Morris) that should be a dominating force in the SEC for the next several years.
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