Mass exodus: 2 more top Tennessee players enter the transfer portal
Tennessee’s next coach has a tall task ahead as the program’s most talented players continue to enter the NCAA transfer portal.
Standout linebacker Henry To’o To’o and veteran offensive lineman Jahmir Johnson were the first two portal entrants reported Wednesday. It didn’t take long for two more huge names to enter the portal. Linebacker Quavaris Crouch and running back Eric Gray are now also in the transfer portal.
Crouch was the No. 61 overall prospect nationally in the class of 2019 on the 247Sports Composite. He chose Tennessee over 19 other scholarship offers, including Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, LSU, South Carolina and Texas A&M. Clemson, Florida State and Michigan were the three schools he visited in addition to Tennessee.
At Tennessee, Crouch has played in 23 games, making 11 starts. This past season, he started all 10 games at middle linebacker, finishing third on the team with 57 tackles while also recording 3 quarterback hurries and 2 forced fumbles.
Gray was rated 4-stars and the No. 3 all-purpose back in the class of 2019 on the Composite. He had 23 other scholarship offers, including Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, LSU, Mississippi State, Texas A&M and Vanderbilt.
Gray has played in all 23 Tennessee games over the last two seasons, making five starts. This past season, Gray led the team in rushing (157 carries,772 yards, 4 touchdowns) and had the second-most receptions (30) on the team.