Vols move up on Wright's favorite list

One of Georgia's top defensive linemen came away from an unofficial visit to Rocky Top this past weekend very impressed. For Columbus athlete Gabe Wright his trip to Knoxville was much more than he ever expected. Go "Inside" to see where Tennessee ranks with Wright after his visit to Rocky Top.

One of Georgia's top defensive linemen came away from an unofficial visit to Rocky Top this past weekend very impressed.

For Columbus athlete Gabe Wright his trip to Knoxville was much more than he ever expected.

The visit to Tennessee helped move up the Vols on Wright's favorite list.

"My top five in no order is Auburn, Alabama, Georgia, Florida State and Tennessee," Wright said. "This is the first time for Tennessee to make the list."

The trip appears to have blown away the standout defensive tackle.

"I will be honest, my trip to Tennessee was almost perfect," Wright said. "I can't say a negative thing about it. It was that good."

From how the visit was set up to the visits with the coaching staff, everything went right for Wright and his family.

"It has a lot to do with Coach Chuck Smith," Wright said. "We have really hit it off really well. I really like Coach (Derek) Dooley a lot, he is so laidback, and he is going to do great things at Tennessee."

Wright a 6-foot-2, 265-pound defensive tackle, is ranked by Scout.com as a four-star prospect and is rated the No. 10 defensive tackle in the nation.

Wright had already made a connection with the old coaching staff and current linebackers coach Lance Thompson and is very thankful that he decided to take this trip to Knoxville.

"My mom loved it," Wright said. "She loved the campus and the coaches."

Wright was also impressed with the improvements that Tennessee is making in its facilities.

"The new weight room is going to be incredible," Wright said. "Everything is perfect at Tennessee.

"Tennessee is definitely one of my top schools. They moved way up after this visit. I loved the way the coaching staff made me feel at home and how comfortable they made me feel around them."


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