Five-Star Vol Commit Wanya Morris Dominates at The Opening

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    (Photo via Natalie Pierce)

    Tennessee’s highest-rated commitment in the 2019 class, offensive tackle Wanya Morris, was the most impressive offensive lineman at Nike’s The Opening on Sunday according to Kipp Adams of 247Sports.

    Adams is over in Frisco, Texas to watch The Opening Finals as they take place over a five-day stretch. The offensive linemen went through drills on Sunday, and according to him, the biggest standout of the group was Tennessee commit Wanya Morris.

    Morris, who is a five-star and No. 24 overall player in the 2019 class according to the 247Sports Composite rankings, earned Adams’ “Alpha Dog” award for Sunday’s performance. And Adams had nothing but glowing remarks for the performance Morris put on.

    “The Nation’s No. 5 offensive tackle on the 247Sports Composite continued his torrid camp circuit with another impressive performance Sunday afternoon,” Adams wrote. “Morris lost his last rep against Kayvon Thibodeaux but otherwise was unbeatable due to his lightning quick first step. Morris had arguably the most impressive two reps of the day against his high school teammate, Alabama defensive end commit Kevin Harris. At 6-foot-5.5, 295 pounds, Morris has tremendous upside and is a legitimate left tackle prospect in the class, and the Tennessee commitment showed his wingspan and athleticism can win against both power inside and speed outside.”

    Thibodeaux is the No. 1 overall player in the 2019 class according to the 247Sports Composite rankings, so losing a rep to him is nothing to worry about. Morris still dominated in his other reps, and he handled top-100 overall player Kevin Harris just fine.

    Here’s video of Morris having his way with his high school teammate and current Alabama commit:

    Morris stood out among a group of offensive linemen that included five-star and No. 1 offensive tackle Darnell Wright, five-star Kardell Thomas, five-star Clay Webb, five-star Kenyon Green, five-star Pierce Quick, top-50 overall player Evan Neal, and four-star Doug Nester among others.

    Morris, who plays for the talent-rich high school of Grayson down in Loganville, Georgia, committed to the Vols back on May 1st. He was a high four-star tackle at the time, but he’s steadily risen up recruiting rankings as the summer has gone on after he’s dominated at various camps. And his performance at The Opening will only help solidify his stock as one of the top offensive tackles in the 2019 class.

    One of the Vols’ top remaining targets in the 2019 class, Darnell Wright, also had a good performance on Sunday according to Adams.

    “Wright looked extremely comfortable in position drills and, at 6-6, 314, might have the most college-ready build of the group,” Adams wrote. “Wright lost a rep here and there, but in his wins, Wright showcased dominant form against wide-nine techniques and made an early run at Alpha Dog. Wright knows how to get out of his stance quickly and efficiently, and his wingspan really allows him to box out and defend against inside counter moves.”

    Wright is rated by the 247Sports Composite rankings as the No. 1 offensive tackle and No. 5 overall player in the 2019 class. He’s unofficially visited the Vols twice in 2018. The only other school he’s visited that much this year has been North Carolina.

    Tennessee needs immediate help on the offensive line next season, and it looks like they have it with Wanya Morris. If they can add Wright to this class as well, then the Vols will have two potential instant impact players on the line next season.