Morgantown, West Virginia – According to multiple reports out of Knoxville, Tennessee, former five star offensive lineman and Huntington, West Virginia native Darnell Wright has “expressed interest in entering the transfer portal.”
Wright, who chose the Volunteers over offers from virtually every big-name program in the country, including a late push by Neal Brown and the West Virginia Mountaineers, is reportedly ready to move on from Tennessee.
Wright’s lead recruiters, Will Friend (now at South Carolina) and Brian Niedermeyer (recently fired), are no longer at the program, and Jeremy Pruitt, his former head coach who was instrumental in bringing Wright to Tennessee, was dismissed yesterday.
Now, the talented 6’6 300 pound offensive lineman has nothing tying him to Tennessee and the program will likely face major NCAA recruiting violations for the foreseeable future.
According to John Dunn, host of the All Vol Call-in Show in Knoxville, there is major buzz around the Tennessee program that several players – including Darnell Wright – have expressed interest in transferring.
There’s buzz around Tennessee that Eric Gray, Henry To’o To’o, Darnell Wright, Quavaris Crouch, and others have expressed interest in entering the transfer portal.
— John Dunn (@JxhnDunn) January 19, 2021
Austin Price, the lead writer for the Tennessee Rivals website and Volquest.com, confirms that Wright will likely leave the program in the coming days: “I’m told Eric Gray, Henry, Crouch and Darnell Wright have all expressed an interest in entering the portal. We will see if they end up there but I think it’s a real possibility at this point.”
If/when Wright enters the portal, West Virginia would immediately become the favorite to land him. When Neal Brown became the head coach of the Mountaineers, he made a late charge at Wright, visiting him in Huntington with the entire coaching staff.
With Virginia Tech transfer Doug Nester and four star recruit Wyatt Milum joining the West Virginia line in the offseason, the Mountaineers offensive front is on its way to becoming dynamic, particularly if Darnell Wright comes home.
Big things happening in Morgantown!