Vols Among Top Teams for Five-Star Offensive Tackle

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    Tennessee already has a few talented offensive linemen committed to them in their 2019 recruiting class, but they’re saving room to add a few more. And their top uncommitted target along the offensive line just released his list of top schools.

    Darnell Wright, a five-star offensive tackle from Huntington, West Virginia, posted on Twitter on Thursday afternoon a list of his top 10 schools. And Tennessee made the cut.

    According to the 247Sports Composite rankings, Wright is the No. 9 overall player and No. 2 offensive tackle in the entire 2019 class. Recently, Wright was overtaken for the No. 1 offensive tackle spot by Tennessee commit Wanya Morris after both competed at Nike’s The Opening earlier this month.

    The 6-foot-6, 320-pound lineman holds offers from all the top teams in the country, but he’s made the Vols one of his biggest priorities this year. He’s unofficially visited Tennessee twice already, once in late March and again at the beginning of June. He’s also visited North Carolina twice and has unofficially visited Alabama once.

    Wright, who also plays defensive end for Huntington High School, has all the tools to be a successful offensive linemen at the collegiate level. He’s already very strong and dominates defensive linemen in high school. He’s extremely aggressive while run blocking, and he can move very well in space. He has a quick first step and plays through the whistle. Wright has tenacity and that grit that coaches want in an offensive lineman. And he has the type of frame that’s coveted by college coaches everywhere. He’ll need to play a little lower in college, but any of his shortcomings are teachable and things that he can eventually smooth out once at the next level.

    Tennessee currently has commitments from three offensive linemen in their 2019 class. Five-star Wanya Morris, four-star Jackson Lampley, and three-star Chris Akporoghene have all given their pledges to the Vols thus far in this cycle. Morris especially has been doing a lot of peer recruiting for Wright, and the two appear to be decent friends and competitors.

    Alabama is the biggest rival for the Vols in Wright’s recruitment, but don’t count out Ohio State or Georgia either. Wright is one of the hottest commodities in the 2019 cycle, and Tennessee will be facing stiff competition to try and land his commitment.



    Nathanael Rutherford
    Nathanael Rutherford is the managing editor and social media manager for Rocky Top Insider. Nathanael graduated from the University of Tennessee and cultivated a passion for the Vols while growing up in Knoxville a mere 10 minutes from Neyland Stadium. He's been a part of the RTI team since November of 2015 and has been the editor of RTI since June of 2017. If he's not talking or writing about Tennessee athletics, he's probably talking about Star Wars.