Darnell Wright discusses why he picked Tennessee
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WCHS/WVAH) —
Following months of handshakes, phone calls, and campus visits, Huntington's brick wall Darnell Wright finally made his college decision.
"It feels good," Wright said. "I'm going to be able to compete in the SEC, and now I can get this behind me."
According to ESPN, he's the fifth best prospect in the 2019 class, drawing the attention of the nation's top coaches like Nick Saban at Alabama and Mack Brown at North Carolina. West Virginia's new head coach Neal Brown also making a late push for the five-star recruit.
But after multiple reported visits to Knoxville and meetings with Tennessee head coach Jeremy Pruitt, his decision comes as no surprise.
"One big thing was the coaches and how they treated me as just a person," Wright said. "It was about more than just football."
"It's been busy I can tell you that," Huntington head coach Billy Seals said. "It's good for our program, the state, and Huntington. It's a buzz that hasn't been around in a long time."
There was a small group who thought Wright might choose WVU. He only took two official visits. One to Tennessee. The other to West Virginia following a last-stitched effort from Brown and the rest of the coaching staff, who even greeted him at Huntington High School.
But even though Country Roads sounded nice, Rocky Top sounded even better.
"Coach Brown and his staff for a lot of good things have a good program," Wright said. "They're one of the coaches I felt treated me as a normal person throughout the whole deal, and I took a liking to them for that."
Still, Tennessee coming as the winner of one of the nation's top prospects. Wright is expected to compete for a starting job.
Tennessee opens its season August 31st against Georgia State.