The highest-ranked uncommitted college football prospect in the 2019 recruiting class revealed his decision on National Signing Day.
Five-star offensive tackle Darnell Wright, the No. 10 recruit in the country according to the 247Sports Composite rankings, will attend Tennessee for college. The 6-6, 320-pound tackle from Huntington, West Virginia, is the No. 1 player in the state and the No. 2 player at his position.
He’ll leave his home state for college, turning down in-state West Virginia and capping off a huge National Signing Day for Tennessee.
Wright’s commitment gives the Volunteers a pair of five-star offensive tackles in its recruiting class, joining Wanya Morris, who committed to the Volunteers in December. Four-star outside linebacker Henry To’oto’o and three-star cornerback Kenney Solomon also committed to Tennessee within the hour before Wright’s commitment.
He bolsters Tennessee’s 2019 recruiting class, which was ranked No. 13 in the 247Sports Composite rankings prior to his commitment. The Volunteers are slowly climbing the SEC’s recruiting rankings. They had the No. 8 recruiting class in the conference last season and they were seventh entering Wednesday.
Tennessee was the overwhelming favorite with 95 percent of 247Sports’ Crystal Ball voters on his profile predicting the Volunteers. Wright picked Tennessee over Alabama, West Virginia and North Carolina, among others.
Wright has been timed running a 5.30-second 40-yard dash and 4.75-second shuttle run, along with a 25-inch vertical leap, according to 247Sports.
247Sports National Recruiting Analyst Brian Dohn projected Wright as a future second-round NFL Draft pick, whom he compared to Terron Armstead of the New Orleans Saints.