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5-star OT Wright anticipates UM official visit, talks Canes, Turnover Chain at the Opening

5-star OT Wright anticipates UM official visit, talks Canes, Turnover Chain at the Opening

Stefan Adams
Huntington (WV) 5-star OT Darnell Wright is universally considered a top 5 prospect in the 2019 class and has been talking about visiting the Canes for a few months now since he got his UM offer back in January. Out at the Opening Finals in Frisco, Texas this weekend, Wright elaborated more on when he could come to see Coral Gables.

“I like Miami, I just want to go down there,” Wright said. “I really like Miami. I’m going to try to take an official down there since it’s so far away, that may be the only way I can get down there.”

What other schools does Wright think he may officially visit?

“It’ll probably be some farther schools. Schools like Clemson or maybe UNC. Alabama, Tennessee, and Penn State too.”

While Wright wasn’t much of a football fan as a child, there was one school he always did follow from his youngest days: the Miami Hurricanes.

“I didn’t watch much football growing up, it was weird, but the one school that always had my eye was Miami.”

Now that he’s being recruited by his childhood favorite, Wright says there’s plenty to like about UM that is drawing him in.

“There’s so many good things,” Wright said on UM. “Very good coach on the O-Line (Stacy Searels). The weather, it’s beautiful in Miami I’ve heard and seen, so that’s hard to beat. Everything outside of football, you’re going to be happy there. And then their program itself, you saw the results this year.”

Also getting his attention? The hype of the Turnover Chain.

“Man, I wish I played defense for that!” Wright said on the Chain. “The QB might have to throw a pick and let me get it back.”

There was a time in his recruitment where many considered it a matter of time before Wright committed to Ohio State. However, Wright says that was never the case and that things between his favorites are much more even.

“That basically just comes from people talking,” Wright said. “Wherever you go the most, people are going to say you’re going to go there. It was just close to home, so that’s why I visited them (OSU) a lot.”

Miami has had their struggles on the O-Line the past few seasons and, as such, the Canes have plenty of playing time available on the O-Line. However, it doesn’t seem getting on the field right away is a main priority for Wright.

“Early playing time, it matters, but I don’t want to rush into it,” Wright said. “If there’s a spot to fill, I’m going to do my best to fill it, but it’s not a deciding factor.”

 

Comments (123)

You can tell he truly loves the U. But distance sounds like a factor. Is paradise still an option? Or only an OV?
 
3% chance we get him. Btw rarely does a recruit bad talk a school. Ull see all the upcoming interviews all the kids will talk highly of UM but wont commit.
 
“I really like Miami. I’m going to try to take an official down there since it’s so far away, that may be the only way I can get down there.”

What other schools does Wright think he may officially visit?

“It’ll probably be some farther schools. Schools like Clemson or maybe UNC. Alabama, Tennessee, and Penn State too.”

Sounds like he wants paid vacations to me.
 
“I really like Miami. I’m going to try to take an official down there since it’s so far away, that may be the only way I can get down there.”

What other schools does Wright think he may officially visit?

“It’ll probably be some farther schools. Schools like Clemson or maybe UNC. Alabama, Tennessee, and Penn State too.”

Sounds like he wants paid vacations to me.

You've missed about 5 months of conversation on here.
 
There was a time in his recruitment where many considered it a matter of time before Wright committed to Ohio State. However, Wright says that was never the case and that things between his favorites are much more even.

“That basically just comes from people talking,” Wright said. “Wherever you go the most, people are going to say you’re going to go there. It was just close to home, so that’s why I visited them (OSU) a lot.”
That's why you can't wonder about some kids that seem to live on campus and then sign elsewhere.
 
This kid sounds like he never got to leave West Virginia. It's not that far, really. We've had kids traveling from West Virginia, Western Pennsylvania, West upstate NYS and Ohio for decades...just not recently. We had tons of kids from those places back in the '50's and '60's when you didn't have jets. Had to to fly prop planes with a million stops. Heck, I'm sure some of our early Pennsylvania boys had to fly in bi-planes, you know, WW I surplus planes, and probably had to parachute down to campus because Miami didn't have an airport yet or since radar wasn't invented the guy sitting in the front seat couldn't find the airport, such as it was, and the recruit jumped and parachuted down, landing where the student Union is now.

We need to convince this kid it's an easy trip nowadays...no parachuting and lands in a real airport.

Not faraway like California and you get homesick for your dog which you only get to see once a semester.
 
This kid sounds like he never got to leave West Virginia. It's not that far, really. We've had kids traveling from West Virginia, Western Pennsylvania, West upstate NYS and Ohio for decades...just not recently. We had tons of kids from those places back in the '50's and '60's when you didn't have jets. Had to to fly prop planes with a million stops. Heck, I'm sure some of our early Pennsylvania boys had to fly in bi-planes, you know, WW I surplus planes, and probably had to parachute down to campus because Miami didn't have an airport yet or since radar wasn't invented the guy sitting in the front seat couldn't find the airport, such as it was, and the recruit jumped and parachuted down, landing where the student Union is now.

We need to convince this kid it's an easy trip nowadays...no parachuting and lands in a real airport.

Not faraway like California and you get homesick for your dog which you only get to see once a semester.
I think the issue is moreso a financial one, not every kid can afford to fly down here on their own pocket, he said he’ll take an official visit, which will be funded by the school, official or unofficial, doesn’t matter, get this kid down here some how.
 
This kid sounds like he never got to leave West Virginia. It's not that far, really. We've had kids traveling from West Virginia, Western Pennsylvania, West upstate NYS and Ohio for decades...just not recently. We had tons of kids from those places back in the '50's and '60's when you didn't have jets. Had to to fly prop planes with a million stops. Heck, I'm sure some of our early Pennsylvania boys had to fly in bi-planes, you know, WW I surplus planes, and probably had to parachute down to campus because Miami didn't have an airport yet or since radar wasn't invented the guy sitting in the front seat couldn't find the airport, such as it was, and the recruit jumped and parachuted down, landing where the student Union is now.

We need to convince this kid it's an easy trip nowadays...no parachuting and lands in a real airport.

Not faraway like California and you get homesick for your dog which you only get to see once a semester.

Maybe his family can't afford it financially. That may be what he means by too far away
 
F the DB talk; lock down the trenches. I want em all!!! Neal, Wright and Thomas! F it!
 
Like others have said get him on campus. Perform on the field. Lockup Neal and Wright you got your bookends for a minimum 2yrs.

We have to get Wright here before it's too late. Paradise Camp would be perfect but if the family don't have the funds then an OV only will due.
 
Somebody grab an RV, become friends of the family and take them on a nice vacation to Paradise.
 

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