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Any more grad transfers @blakemorganSEC
— Reid Smith (@iRepTheT) March 15, 2018
Tennessee isn’t done in the graduate transfer market just yet. The coaching staff is in win-now mode and is trying to add experienced depth where it can on the roster.
Don’t just take my word for it, beat writer Mike Griffith said the same on his Facebook Live video Wednesday.
“I do think Tennessee is recruiting a grad-transfer offensive lineman,” Griffith said. “I don’t know which one, but Jeremy Pruitt made it pretty clear, I thought without saying so, that he wanted a grad-transfer offensive lineman because they are pretty thin at the position.”
The only issue with pursuing a grad-transfer offensive lineman is there aren’t very many out there right now. After players go through spring practice for a little bit, the pool could expand a little.
Right now, there aren’t a lot of appealing options.
Former Cal offensive lineman Dwayne Wallace is a prospect Tennessee had some interest in. He committed to Ole Miss, but then they split ways.
He held a Tennessee offer before he originally committed to the Rebels. Not much came from the Vols’ interest the first time around, though. If Pruitt got desperate enough, maybe the coaching staff would take another look.
Breontae Matthews of Kansas State and Kevin Feder from Ohio State could be options as well, though neither played much for their original teams, thus leading to their decision to transfer. Relying on any of these players for long stretches in any SEC game could be problematic.
TJ Roundtree from Louisville is the only other offensive line grad-transfer available. He has told SEC Country the Vols have not reached out to gauge his interest.
Tennessee is thin up front. If tackle Chance Hall can return to close to 100 percent, that’ll help the depth issue. It looks like the Vols might be leaning on freshmen Jerome Carvin or Ollie Lane in the rotation next season.
Tennessee offensive line coach Will Friend will have his work cut out for him.
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