6’6″ 335 pounds
Arguably the most high-profile recruit Tennessee football secured while Jeremy Pruitt was head coach, Darnell Wright is in the perfect position to become a superstar this year. In fact, it’s almost necessary that he does that now.
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The graduate of Huntington High School in West Virginia’s Cabell County has been starting at tackle, when healthy, full-time over the past two years. However, he has. been playing right tackle in a rotation with K’Rojhn Calbert while Wanya Morris, who was part of the same recruiting class, occupied the left tackle spot.
Well, Morris has since transferred to the Oklahoma Sooners, and Calbert is hurt, leaving Wright to move over to left tackle with no chance at a deep rotation. Jahmir Johnson transferring to the Texas A&M Aggies makes the position even thinner.
Simply put, Wright has a huge task ahead of him, and he should be up to the challenge. Fellow offensive lineman Cade Mays is generating all the hype right now, and for good reason, but Wright could be just as much of a star as Mays. Together, the two could be elite building blocks for Josh Heupel’s offense as he installs his schemes this year.
If he’s able to stay fully healthy, Wright could remind everybody why he was a five-star this year. Tennessee football is lucky to have him, and he’s one guy who didn’t bolt after Pruitt was fired. That loyalty alone earns him some love on Rocky Top.