The hits keep on coming for Tennessee.

Following Jeremy Pruitt’s dismissal in Knoxville, the Tennessee football program has predictably been thrown into complete chaos, and now it appears the program’s highest-rated signee in the 2021 recruiting cycle will end up playing his college football elsewhere.

That’s because four-star pass rusher Dylan Brooks has asked Tennessee for his release according to Keith Niebuhr of 247Sports. Brooks, a standout linebacker from Handley High School in Roanoke, Ala., is rated as the No. 51 overall prospect in the nation and the No. 3 weakside defensive end in the country for the 2021 recruiting cycle by 247Sports Composite Rankings.

Brooks signed with Tennessee during the Early Signing Period but SDS has been told the Alabama native did not initially reveal his signing with the Volunteers during that period as he had concerns that Pruitt would not be around to coach him.

Those fears were clearly warranted as Pruitt has been fired for cause by Tennessee following an internal investigation into the program.

Brooks was selected to compete in the 2021 Under Armour All-American Game before it was canceled due to COVID. He picked Tennessee over Auburn.