Top Tennessee pass rusher reportedly decides to enter NCAA transfer portal
With the 2020 season complete, it appears that Tennessee could now be losing one of its top defensive players.
Vols senior linebacker Deandre Johnson has decided to enter the NCAA transfer portal, according to reports by The Athletic’s David Ubben and AL.com’s Matt Zenitz. Ubben reported that Johnson announced earlier this week that he would be doing so, then later deleted the tweet. However, it appears he’ll be entering the portal after all.
Johnson has spent the past four seasons at Tennessee, playing in 40 games and making nine starts during his Vols career. He tied for the team lead with 4.5 sacks in 2020, while also collecting a career-high 28 tackles, including six for a loss, and two forced fumbles in 10 games.
According to Wes Rucker of 247Sports.com, Johnson is hoping to transfer because he “wants to be closer to home for family reasons.” Johnson is from Miami, having attended Miami Southridge High School.
Johnson was a 3-star recruit in Tennessee’s 2017 class, as he committed to the Vols on Dec. 12, 2016. He was the No. 46 weak-side defensive end that cycle, per the 247Sports Composite rankings.
While at Tennessee, Johnson played in at least six games in each of his four seasons, including 10 or more in each of the past three. Over four years, he had 58 tackles, 10 sacks and five forced fumbles.