One of Clemson’s biggest offers during the contact period in January went out to Huntington (W.Va.) five-star Darnell Wright, the nation’s top-ranked offensive tackle for the 2019 class.
Wright (6-6, 290) reported the offer on Jan. 26 and told TCI recently that he is happy to have Clemson as a college opportunity.
“I kind of have been wanting that offer for a while because I have some friends that have family down there,” Wright said. “I was excited.”
Clemson offensive line coach Robbie Caldwell stopped by Wright’s school to deliver the verbal offer. Caldwell wasn’t allowed to speak to Wright directly due to NCAA regulations, so Caldwell relayed the news to Wright through his coach.
“He was just talking about how they’re excited about me basically,” Wright said.
After picking up the offer, Wright is planning to check out Clemson for the first time in the spring.
“I’ll be visiting Clemson sometime in the spring,” he said. “I want to try to get to know the players because those are the players I would have to be with for four years. And then the coaches, I want to see what they’re about, get a feel.
“I’ve heard that there are really good people down there, so that’s what I look forward to.”
In addition to Clemson, Wright lists offers from the likes of Alabama, Georgia, Miami, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Penn State, Southern Cal and Tennessee.
Wright, who also plays basketball for Huntington, said several coaches made the effort to watch him compete in person during the contact period. Wright said Caldwell, Georgia’s Sam Pittman, Tennessee’s Will Friend, Ohio State’s Greg Studrawa and a couple of other coaches attended various games.
“I think that’s pretty cool of them,” Wright said.
Wright isn’t in a hurry with the recruiting process but said he could release a list of his top schools in the not-too-distant future.
“I’m basically just taking it slow,” he said. “I’m thinking about making a top (list) during the spring or summer, somewhere around there.”
Wright is ranked as the No. 1 offensive tackle and a top-10 overall prospect in the 2019 class by both Rivals and 247Sports.