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 Draft Scout College Football Player News: Tennessee
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  05/22/22 - Bru McCoyrJr/2024, Tennessee, 6-3, 220 (DS#999 WR) + More +

  Wide receiver Bru McCoy is looking for a fresh start with Tennessee football just as more information about his turbulent exit from Southern Cal surfaces. McCoy's issues at USC were already widely reported. But a Los Angeles Times investigative report this week shed light on details of his departure, a process that began with his arrest and suspension from USC. McCoy announced his transfer to UT on May 3. But he told 247Sports that he informed UT of his decision in late March. Presumably, UT vetted McCoy's situation in the weeks in between. Per NCAA rule, the university cannot comment on McCoy, a commitment, until he enrolls or files financial aid paperwork, which should occur later this month. McCoy could not be reached for comment.

The circumstances of McCoy's exit from USC are notable in UT's decision to accept his transfer. But they also could factor into his eligibility to play for the Vols in the 2022 season. The NCAA allows players to transfer once without sitting out a season. In spring 2019, McCoy enrolled at USC, transferred to Texas a few weeks later and then transferred back to USC that summer. McCoy would need a waiver from the NCAA to play immediately after transferring to UT. He has three seasons of eligibility remaining. McCoy, a 6-foot-3, 220-pounder, is a talented wide receiver who could help UT's record-breaking offense. The former five-star recruit was expected to be one of the best wideouts in the Pac-12 before his 2021 season was derailed. - Knoxville News Sentinel


(DS#999 WR) rJr/2024 WR Bru McCoyTennessee
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  05/21/22 - Jeremy BanksrSr/2023, Tennessee, 6-0, 224 (DS#13 OLB) + More +

  2022 LOTT IMPACT TROPHY PRESEASON WATCH LIST: JEREMY BANKS, LB, Tennessee, Sr., 6-1, 224, Cordova, Tenn.; Among leading tacklers in the nation with 128 last year along with 11.5 tackles for losses. - Lott IMPACT Trophy/The Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation

(DS#13 OLB) rSr/2023 OLB Jeremy BanksTennessee
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  05/19/22 - Jalin HyattJr/2024, Tennessee, 6-0, 175 (DS#72 WR) + More +

  Poised for a 2022 standout season: Wide receiver Jalin Hyatt could help fill the void left by Velus Jones Jr. The speedy Hyatt has caught 41 passes for 502 yards the past two seasons, but figures to have plenty of opportunities in Josh Heupel's offense. - AP College Football

(DS#72 WR) Jr/2024 WR Jalin HyattTennessee
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  05/18/22 - Navy ShulerrSo/2025, Tennessee, 6-0, 206 (DS#999 QB) + More +

  Scoping SEC QB transfers: Eleven quarterbacks transferred to 10 SEC schools this offseason, with South Carolina's Spencer Rattler the lone guaranteed starter of the entire group. Here is On3.com ratings. No. 11 - Navy Shuler, Tennessee (from Appalachian State) - The Vol legacy is a preferred walk-on after not seeing any action for the Mountaineers in 2021. The former 3-star prospect out of Christ School (N.C.) is the son of former Tennessee great Heath Shuler, who starred at QB for the Vols in 1992 and 1993. - On3.com

(DS#999 QB) rSo/2025 QB Navy ShulerTennessee
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  The Tennessee Titans signed former Tennessee Vols defensive back Kenneth George, the team announced Monday. An undrafted rookie, George participated at Titans rookie minicamp last week on a tryout basis. The 5-foot-11, 194-pound defensive back appeared in 33 games and made 10 starts across four seasons for the Vols, recording 52 tackles, 10 passes defended, two fumble recoveries and an interception. He began his college career at Trinity Valley Community College, where he played for two seasons. At Tennessee, George was college teammates with Titans' sixth-round pick Theo Jackson. - Knoxville News Sentinel

(DS#113 CB) rSr/2022 CB Kenneth George Jr.Tennessee
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  05/09/22 - Bru McCoyrJr/2024, Tennessee, 6-3, 220 (DS#999 WR) + More +

  WR Bru McCoy's most likely last opportunity to prove himself hangs in the balance with Tennessee as the Vols hold out hope he can still become the player so many were convinced he would be. Here is his travel log: After Initially signing with Tom Herman and The University of Texas in 2019, McCoy, a one-time sure fire recruit from SoCal's Mater Dei High school, entered the transfer portal deciding to return closer to home and enroll at USC under Clay Helton to begin his collegiate career. After a productive redshirt freshman season in Los Angeles, McCoy appeared poised to live up to the hype entering his sophomore year but did not play a snap at USC during the 2021 season after he was arrested in July on suspicion of domestic violence.

Although the Los Angeles District Attorney's office did not file criminal charges against McCoy, USC decided not to reinstate the former five-star after concluding their own Title IX investigation before the beginning of last season. Now McCoy is set to join his third program in four years, aiming to rejuvenate a once promising career alongside Josh Heupel and his high powered Rocky Top offense. After losing Velus Jones and JaVonta Payton to the NFL, the Vols will have to replace over 1,200 yards and 13 TDs from last season, paving the way for a dynamic perimeter option like McCoy to excel. - 247 Sports/LA Times


(DS#999 WR) rJr/2024 WR Bru McCoyTennessee
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  05/07/22 - Hendon HookerrSr/2023, Tennessee, 6-3, 218 (DS#3 QB) + More +

  Hooker didn't earn the starting job last spring or last summer, but he sure did flourish once he took the reins. Capitalizing on a Joe Milton injury against Pittsburgh in the second game of the season, the 6-foot-4, 218-pounder wound up completing 206 of 303 passes for 2,945 yards with 31 touchdowns and only three interceptions, setting single-season school records for passer efficiency (181.4) and accuracy (68.0%) in the process.

He became the first Davey O'Brien Award semifinalist for the Vols since Erik Ainge in 2006 and capped his season with 437 total yards and five aerial touchdowns in the bowl game. Hooker elected to use a sixth year of eligibility and is a huge reason for the notable optimism in Heupel's second season. - Chattanooga Times Free Press


(DS#3 QB) rSr/2023 QB Hendon HookerTennessee
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  05/07/22 - Joe Milton IIIrSr/2023, Tennessee, 6-5, 244 (DS#35 QB) + More +

  Milton arrived in Knoxville before the start of summer and managed to win the job late in preseason camp, but he was plagued by overthrows in his starts against Bowling Green and Pitt, when he was 18-of-35 for 189 yards and a touchdown. The most impressive play of his two starts was a 54-yard run against the Panthers. Milton replaced an injured Hooker late against Ole Miss and committed his biggest gaffe, opting for a 13-yard scramble instead of throwing for the end zone as time expired in a 31-26 defeat inside Neyland Stadium.

The fact Milton lost his starting job yet remains in Knoxville may be the biggest testament to the culture Heupel has created. "Joe has been an amazing teammate this entire offseason," Vols quarterbacks coach Joey Halzle said earlier this spring. "There were opportunities, and I'm sure a lot of people would have taken him, but he wanted to stay here." - Chattanooga Times Free Press


(DS#35 QB) rSr/2023 QB Joe Milton IIITennessee
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  05/05/22 - Bru McCoyrJr/2024, Tennessee, 6-3, 220 (DS#999 WR) + More +

  Wide receiver Bru McCoy, a Southern Cal transfer and former five-star recruit, has committed to Tennessee. It could be a win-win situation, that is, if the nature of McCoy's exit from USC isn't an issue. The Vols get a talented 6-foot-3, 220-pound target to add to their offense, which was the highest scoring in program history last season. And McCoy gets a fresh start after a turbulent three years at USC that included a transfer, illness, arrest, removal from the roster, Title IX investigation and another transfer. In December 2018, McCoy was the No. 1 athlete, by position, and No. 9 overall player in his recruiting class when he signed with USC, according to 247Sports Composite. But he transferred to Texas and then back to USC in spring 2019.

McCoy redshirted in the 2019 season because of an unspecified illness. In 2020, he made an immediate impact with 21 receptions for 236 yards and two TDs in six games during a COVID-shortened season. In 2021, McCoy was named to the preseason Pac-12 team by numerous publications. But his July 24 arrest on suspicion of felony intimate partner violence derailed his season. The Los Angeles district attorney's office declined to file charges against McCoy, citing "insufficient evidence." - Knoxville News Sentinel


(DS#999 WR) rJr/2024 WR Bru McCoyTennessee
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  05/05/22 - Wesley WalkerrSo/2025, Tennessee, 6-1, 204 (DS#999 SS) + More +

  Georgia Tech transfer Wesley Walker and Ohio State transfer Andre Turrentine, who are former Ensworth High School teammates, committed to Tennessee. Both mostly play safety or nickelback, but they could get a chance at cornerback. A true cornerback was preferred. But MTSU's Quincy Riley, an All-Conference USA performer, committed to Louisville after considering UT. There aren't many cornerbacks left in the portal better than what UT already has, but it might try to add one. - Knoxville News Sentinel

(DS#999 SS) rSo/2025 SS Wesley WalkerTennessee
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  05/05/22 - Austin LewisrSr/2023, Tennessee, 6-5, 270 (DS#999 DE) + More +

  ETSU graduate transfer Austin Lewis, a defensive end, has committed to Tennessee, he announced on Twitter on Wednesday. Lewis, a 6-foot-6, 270-pounder, is from Jonesborough, Tennessee, and holds the career record for tackles at David Crockett High. He played three years at Liberty, including a Freshman All-America season in 2018, and one year at ETSU. "Super grateful for this opportunity! Ready to go to work!," Lewis posted on Twitter. In 2021, Lewis played only four games due to a knee injury suffered in the preseason. He still has two seasons of eligibility remaining because of a COVID-exempt year. It's not known whether Lewis will be on scholarship at UT, but he could add depth at defensive end. In three seasons at Liberty, he had 12½ tackles for loss and five sacks as a part-time starter while battling through injuries. - Knoxville News Sentinel

(DS#999 DE) rSr/2023 DE Austin LewisTennessee
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  05/05/22 - Aaron WillisSo/2025, Tennessee, 6-0, 225 (DS#999 OLB) + More +

  Tennessee sophomore linebacker Aaron Willis, who has survived a coaching transition and a multiweek suspension during his time with the Volunteers, announced Friday on social media that he will be leaving the program. Willis is Tennessee's highest-rated member of a volatile 2021 signing class that contained 17 enrollees but would be down to nine if Willis departs. The 6-foot-1, 225-pounder from Colonial Heights, Virginia, played in eight games last season and recorded his lone tackle during the 60-14 thrashing of South Alabama in late November.

The loss of Willis, the nation's No. 16 linebacker and No. 137 overall prospect in the 2021 signing cycle, would leave Tennessee without its four highest-rated members of that class, with athlete Kaemen Marley, quarterback Kaidon Salter and tight end Julian Nixon having already departed. Nixon entered the portal earlier this week with this Sunday's eligibility deadline for the one-time transfer waiver quickly approaching. - Chattanooga Times Free Press


(DS#999 OLB) So/2025 OLB Aaron WillisTennessee
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  05/04/22 - Andre TurrentinerFr/2026, Tennessee, 5-11, 190 (DS#999 FS) + More +

  Former Ensworth High safety Andre Turrentine, who signed with Ohio State in 2021 and played in three games last season for the Buckeyes, announced via social media that we would be returning to the Volunteer State to continue his career. The 5-foot-11, 195-pounder was the nation's No. 9 safety and No. 169 overall prospect in the 2021 signing cycle, according to the 247Sports.com composite rankings. "It checked all the boxes I was looking for," Turrentine told 247Sports of his decision to relocate, "and it just felt like home. It is home." Turrentine committed to Ohio State in March 2020 and enrolled last summer before winding up at cornerback. His three appearances last season did not yield any stats, and he entered the portal last Monday - Chattanooga Times Free Press

(DS#999 FS) rFr/2026 FS Andre TurrentineTennessee
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  05/04/22 - Julian NixonSo/2025, Tennessee, 6-3, 245 (DS#999 WR) + More +

  Tennessee tight end Julian Nixon has entered the transfer portal, he announced Wednesday on Twitter. Nixon, a 6-foot-3, 235-pounder from Atlanta, was rated a four-star signee by 247Sports Composite in UT's 2021 class. As a freshman, he did not appear in a game and took a redshirt. Nixon is the second UT player to enter the transfer portal since spring practice ended on April 14, joining offensive lineman James Robinson. With those two departures, UT has 78 scholarship players projected for the 2022 season, well under the maximum 85 allotted by the NCAA. That includes 70 players already on campus and eight more arriving this summer. - Knoxville News Sentinel

(DS#999 WR) So/2025 WR Julian NixonTennessee
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  04/29/22 - Andre TurrentinerFr/2026, Tennessee, 5-11, 190 (DS#999 FS) + More +

  Another Ohio State football defensive back has entered the transfer portal, with safety Andre Turrentine submitting his intent to transfer on Monday. An OSU spokesperson confirmed the development, first reported by On3.com. Turrentine is the fifth OSU defensive player to enter the portal since the middle of spring practice, following fellow safeties Lejond Cavazos and Bryson Shaw and defensive linemen Jacolbe Cowan and Noah Potter. Turrentine's departure brings Ohio State's known scholarship commitment for 2022 down to 85, which is the limit for the start of the season. Turrentine redshirted last season as a true freshman. The former four-star, top-200 prospect played extensively in the recent Spring Game, recording nine tackles and a pass breakup. - Cleveland Plain Dealer

(DS#999 FS) rFr/2026 FS Andre TurrentineTennessee
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