Tennessee transfer Darel Middleton announces commitment to Big 12 program
Darel Middleton has found his new home. The departing Tennessee defender announced his transfer commitment to West Virginia on Wednesday night.
Middleton tweeted a video that appeared to be announcing a commitment to Ole Miss before a committed graphic with the West Virginia logo appeared.
Middleton announced his farewell to Vol Nation in late June. He started six games for the Vols in each of the past two seasons after signing with UT out of East Mississippi Community College.
With Tennessee, Middleton recorded 43 tackles, 2 sacks and a forced fumble.
Here is Middleton’s bio from the official Tennessee team site:
2020 – SENIOR
Played in nine games and made six starts, totaling 15 tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss, one sack and two pass breakups on the year … Collected three tackles and tied a career high with one sack in win at Vanderbilt (12/12) … Made one tackle against #6 Florida (12/5) … Collected a pair of tackles and half a TFL at Arkansas (11/7) … Started his first game of the season against Kentucky (10/17), making one tackle … Tied a career high with four tackles and set a new career-high with two pass breakups at #3 Georgia (10/10) … Made season debut in win over Missouri (10/3), recording one tackle.
2019 – JUNIOR
Appeared in all 13 contests with six starts … Finished with 28 tackles, two tackles for loss and one sack to go along with a forced fumble and a blocked kick … Started vs. Georgia State, South Carolina, UAB, Kentucky, Missouri and Vanderbilt … Capped his first season with three stops against Indiana in the TaxSlayer Gator Bowl (1/2) … Tallied a pair of stops at Missouri (11/23) … Posted four tackles, tying his career-high and also blocked an extra point attempt vs. Kentucky (11/9) … Forced a fumble in the second quarter against UAB, the first forced fumble of his career, while making one stop versus the Blazers (11/2) … Tied his career-high with four stops at No. 1 Alabama, including a tackle for loss (10/19) … Recorded his first-career sack against Mississippi State while making three stops (10/12) … Set a new career-high with four tackles vs. No. 3 Georgia (10/5) … Had three tackles at Florida (9/21) … Made his first-career start and Tennessee debut in season opener against Georgia State, posting three tackles (8/31).
After a couple of weeks of thinking and talking things over with family, friends, and mentors that love me and will always be in my corner. I’m finally getting out my own way & just putting my future in god hands & going 1k MPH with my head held high. #KeepGoing #TrustTheClimb🏔 pic.twitter.com/I8KVtm0VZ1
— Darel E. Middleton (@Darel__) July 22, 2021