Tennessee Football: Could the Vols land any big name transfers?

It’s only Week 5 of the college football season, but there is a growing list of big-name players looking to transfer. Could any of those guys end up at UT?

Today, Kelly Bryant, a quarterback for the No. 3 ranked Clemson Tigers, announced he was transferring schools after being replaced by star quarterback and true freshman Trevor Lawrence.

Many other players have made the news so far, announcing transfers from their current schools. These guys are allowed to transfer schools if they have played in four or fewer games, which is why we are seeing a spike in guys announcing their transfer.

Along with Bryant announcing his transfer, many people think that Jalen Hurts, quarterback for the Alabama Crimson Tide, could possibly transfer after being replaced by Tua Tagovailoa. He hasn’t officially announced anything, but the speculation is there.

Along with him, Jalen McCleskey, a star wide receiver from Oklahoma State announced he intends to transfer from the school after feeling like he wasn’t getting the ball enough.

As well as those guys, Auburn had three guys, including Nate Craig Myers, a key wideout announce his transfer. Arkansas had a wide receiver announce his transfer as well.

So the question is: will the Tennessee Volunteers land any of these big-name transfers?

NEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 01: Kelly Bryant #2 of the Clemson Tigers thows the ball in the first half of the AllState Sugar Bowl against the Alabama Crimson Tide at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Kelly Bryant

The Volunteers might have a chance to land Bryant. I would be perfectly fine if Bryant decided to come to Tennessee, as he led Clemson to a 12-2 record last season and an appearance in the College Football Playoffs.He had big shoes to fill after he replaced Deshaun Watson, but is now being replaced by Lawrence.

Lawrence, a true freshman, has shown out for the Clemson Tigers so far this season, throwing 39 completions on 61 passes for nine touchdowns and just two interceptions.

While his chances of ending up on Rocky Top are slim, there is always hope. If he did come to Tennessee, he would bring along a ton of experience and would be under a new look Volunteers team.


NEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 01: Jalen Hurts #2 of the Alabama Crimson Tide and Kelly Bryant #2 of the Clemson Tigers greet after the AllState Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Jalen Hurts (if he decides to transfer)

Like I mentioned earlier, Hurts has not announced that he will transfer, so this is all speculation. If he does decide to transfer, there is a good possibility he could end up at Tennessee.

The Volunteers have seen a good bit of Hurts over the last two years, as he’s torched the Volunteers in consecutive years. During his time so far at Alabama, he has an astounding record of 26-2 and has an SEC Offensive Player of the Year under his belt.

During his career at Alabama, he has gone 416-668 with 44 passing touchdowns, 21 rushing touchdowns, and just 11 interceptions.

Hurts got replaced by Tagovailoa during halftime of the National Championship game and the Crimson Tide haven’t looked back since then.

Hurts made some questionable remarks about his spot on the team before the season started, which caused some speculation on a potential transfer. If Hurts does decide to transfer, I think the Volunteers have a great shot to land him, as Coach Jeremy Pruitt was with him for his first two years of his career and likely grew a good relationship.

I’m sure Vol Nation would love to see a guy like Hurts come to Rocky Top, as he is a proven winner.



STILLWATER, OK – AUGUST 30: Wide receiver Jalen McCleskey #1 of the Oklahoma State Cowboys celebrates a touchdown against the Missouri State Bears at Boone Pickens Stadium on August 30, 2018 in Stillwater, Oklahoma. The Cowboys defeated the Bears 58-17. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)

Jalen McCleskey

The Volunteers could also have a great chance to add McCleskey. McCleskey’s dad, J.J. McCleskey, was a defensive back at the University of Tennessee and played in the NFL for seven seasons.

Fans have to think that the Tennessee Volunteers will have a good chance to land McCleskey with his dad playing on Rocky Top.

During his time at Oklahoma State, McCleskey finished with a total of 167 receptions for 1,865 yards and a total of 17 touchdowns. He also hauled in two touchdowns this season in just four games.

He left Oklahoma State, as he wanted more targets. He had just 15 targets through four games, so I understand his intention to leave.

If the Volunteers were able to land McCleskey, it would be a huge get at the wide receiver spot.