Tennessee Vols head coach Josh Heupel has done a great job of utilizing the transfer portal this offseason to improve UT’s roster.
Heupel has added seven players to Tennessee’s roster via the transfer portal.
One of the Vols’ biggest positions of need this offseason was at linebacker. Tennessee lost starters Henry To’o To’o and Quavaris Crouch to Alabama and Michigan State, severely impacting UT’s depth at the linebacker position.
Heupel landed Texas transfer Juwan Mitchell and Michigan transfer William Mohan to help offset those losses.
Tennessee, however, could still use some more depth at linebacker.
That’s why Heupel should look to the portal one more time for some help.
On Wednesday, another Michigan linebacker hit the portal.
Former three-star recruit Cornell Wheeler, an inside linebacker, entered the portal after spending one season with the Wolverines.
Wheeler, who didn’t see any action last season, was coached at Michigan by current Tennessee linebackers coach Brian Jean-Mary.
The Michigan native is a true middle linebacker who has the football IQ to lead a defense in the SEC.
“You can see he knows more about the game….he’s tapping defensive linemen and getting them in the right gap. He knows what everyone is doing,” said Wheeler’s high school coach, Ron Bellamy, in 2018 (via 247Sports).
Also on Wednesday, Vols defensive back Kenney Solomon entered the transfer portal, which potentially opens a spot for Wheeler if Tennessee decides to pursue the talented linebacker.
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