The more time that goes on, the less likely it looks like Cody Brown or Dylan Brooks will ever suit up for Tennessee.

Both players signed with the Volunteers during the latest Early Signing Period, but back then, Jeremy Pruitt was still the head coach on Rocky Top.

Following Pruitt’s dismissal and the hiring of Josh Heupel, both Brown and Brooks continue to explore their options elsewhere.

In fact, on Wednesday morning, Brown announced he plans to enter the NCAA transfer portal. The Parkview High School standout from Lilburn, Ga., has yet to enroll at Tennessee as he was not an early enrollee.

“Thank you to the Tennessee coaches and staff that recruited me and made me a part of their family. Most of all, thank you Vol Nation for the support and love you have given me throughout my commitment. After a lot of thought and consideration, my family and I have decided that it would be best for me to reevaluate my options and put my name into the transfer portal. Please respect my decision.”

After issuing this statement, Brown clarified that Tennessee has already released him from his National Letter of Intent.

The four-star Georgia native is rated as the No. 10 running back prospect in the nation and a top 250 overall prospect in the 2021 recruiting cycle by 247Sports Composite Rankings.

Not long after Brown issued his statement on Wednesday morning, Brooks shared the simple message of “Free me,” on Twitter.

Brooks was the highest-rated signee in Tennessee’s 2021 recruiting class.