Report: Tennessee DB, top signee of Vols' 2020 class, enters NCAA transfer portal
The hits keep coming on Rocky Top.
Multiple outlets including The Athletic are reporting that Tennessee defensive back Key Lawrence is the latest Volunteer to enter his name into the NCAA transfer portal.
A Nashville native and product of The Ensworth School, Lawrence was the highest-rated UT signee in the class of 2020 on the 247Sports Composite (0.9647 Composite score, No. 81 prospect nationally, No. 1 player in Tennessee). Lawrence chose the Vols over 22 other scholarship offers, including Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, LSU, Mississippi State, Missouri, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Texas A&M and Vanderbilt. Miami and Oklahoma were finalists in his recruitment (along with LSU). Those teams, and others, can recruit Lawrence again now that he is in the transfer portal.
As a true freshman this season, Lawrence played in all 10 games for the Volunteers as a special teams contributor and reserve defensive back. He finished with 8 total tackles, 4 of which came in the season finale against Texas A&M, and a pass defended.
On Wednesday, four Tennessee players, including Henry To’o To’o, Eric Gray and Quavaris Crouch, entered their names into the NCAA transfer portal. Players are allowed to withdraw from the portal and rejoin the team, though most portal entrants, like former Tennessee offensive lineman Wanya Morris, end up transferring elsewhere.