After seeing many players flee the program via the NCAA transfer portal in the offseason, the Tennessee Volunteers football program is now enjoying an influx of recruits itself.
Following commitments from former Michigan quarterback Joe Milton, former Texas linebacker Juwan Mitchell, ex-USC defensive lineman Caleb Tremblay and ex-Mississippi State receiver JaVonta Payton, the Vols landed another transfer on Sunday when defensive tackle Da’Jon Terry committed to UT.
“The decision to pick Tennessee was because I have a relationship with coach (Rodney) Garner from when I was in high school and it’s SEC football,” Terry told VolQuest on Sunday. “…I wanted to be closer to home so my family could see me play and I just wanted to play ball at the highest level of college football.
“It’s amazing that I get the chance to play for a man like coach Garner with the love and respect I have for him and he has for his players. I like everything about him. The attitude and compassion he has for the game and the relationships he has with the players.”
A three-start recruit in 2019, Terry committed to the University of Kansas out of high school. He picked the Jayhawks over offers from Colorado, Jackson State and Mississippi Valley State.
In two years at Kansas, Terry totaled 16 tackles, two sacks and two tackles for loss in nine career games. The 6-foot-4, 320-pound defensive lineman chose the Vols just four days after entering the transfer portal.
Due to the NCAA allowing 2020 to not count against student-athlete eligibility and their one-time transfer exception, Terry, a redshirt sophomore, is expected to play immediately and will have four years of eligibility remaining.
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