Five-star OL Darnell Wright signs with Tennessee

Photo Credit: Darnell Wright on Twitter

Who? Darnell Wright

What? Offensive tackle

Where is he from? Huntington, West Virginia (Huntington High School)

247 Sports Composite rating: 5-star. No. 10 overall prospect. No. 2 offensive tackle. No. 1 prospect in West Virginia.

Rivals rating: 5-star. No. 16 overall prospect. No. 2 offensive tackle. No. 1 prospect in West Virginia

ESPN rating: 5-star. No. 5 prospect overall. No. 3 offensive tackle. No. 1 prospect in West Virginia.

The Tennessee Vols have assembled an impressive class in the 2019 recruiting cycle. On National Signing Day, they were looking to close strong and cement their place in the top half of the SEC and they put a nice bow on their day with the addition of blue-chip, five-star offensive tackle Darnell Wright.

Wright, a Huntington, WV native, is a mammoth prospect figuratively and literally as he stands at 6-foot-6 and 320 pounds. And make no mistake, it was an all-out slugfest to get Wright’s services in Knoxville. He had a veritable laundry list of suitors, holding offers from the likes of Alabama, Ohio State, Clemson, Florida State, and Georgia in addition to Tennessee.

Bama was initially perceived to be UT’s primary competition along with UGA and home state West Virginia laying in the weeds. Although, Tennessee was viewed to be in the catbird seat for Wright for a large portion of his recruitment.

Wright was named an Under Armour All-American for good reason. He has all the tools in the toolbox and the potential to be a serious stud at the college level. He is a polished run blocker and is impressive in pass protection. He plays with disciplined aggression and ferocity but he doesn’t attract too many needless penalties.

This is an extremely impressive get for Jeremy Pruitt and it gives he and his staff the No. 12 overall recruiting class for 2019, according to 247 Sports. The Vols can partner Wright up with fellow UT signee and similarly heralded offensive tackle Wanya Morris. Wright will have every opportunity to compete for a starting role as a freshman once he arrives on Rocky Top and Tennessee’s offensive line should have a completely different look come next season.