Dana Holgorsen, former Head Coach at West Virginia University, just got called out on Twitter by the #1 rated recruit in the state of West Virginia, Darnell Wright. Wright, the 5 star offensive lineman out of Huntington and recent Tennessee commit, revealed on Twitter that former West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen didn’t exactly go out of his way to bring him to Morgantown. In response to Holgorsen saying, “We weren’t going to get high school kids at West Virginia that we were going to win the Big 12 with..”, Darnell Wright had the following to say:
You gotta try first https://t.co/S5K7vI6UkJ
— Darnell Wright (@darnell_5232) May 2, 2019
Darnell Wright is the most talented high school player in the state of West Virginia in the last decade and Dana Holgorsen didn’t recruit him. According to Wright, he didn’t even try. In contrast, new coach Neal Brown attempted to undo Holgorsen’s lack of recruitment by sending his entire staff to Huntington to meet with Wright and try to convince him to come to West Virginia University during his first few weeks on the job. Unfortunately, the damage was done and Wright ultimately decided to attend the University of Tennessee, the school that recruited him hard for years.
It’s hard to say whether Darnell Wright would be a Mountaineer or not if Dana Holgorsen would have recruited him, but Darnell Wright would be a Mountaineer if Dana Holgorsen would have recruited him!
We also recently found out that Dana Holgorsen did not speak with West Virginia officials as he negotiated a deal with Houston weeks before it was announced. As reported in Sports Illustrated, a deal with Houston and Holgorsen “was done weeks before it was announced on Jan. 2.”
So is Dana Holgorsen right when he says that you can’t get recruits to West Virginia that would win the Big 12? Or is it that he simply wanted to be somewhere else and didn’t even try?