Tennessee had a busy day in the transfer portal on Wednesday. The Vols picked up three players in the opening week of the transfer window in which players can freely move from one program to another.
The biggest – in stature, at least – was Larry Johnson III, who committed to the Vols on Wednesday evening. The 6-foot-7, 350-pound prospect will show up on campus as one of the largest players on the team. The massive offensive tackle could also fill a massive void, left by right tackle Darnell Wright, who is expected to leave college for the NFL. However, no formal decision has been announced.
His potential replacement, Johnson, announced his decision via Twitter. Johnson had also been considering overtures from Maryland, Syracuse and Houston.
Wright has been a key player for Tennessee this season and garnered several awards for his play, including postseason All-SEC honors. Wright is 6-foot-6 and 335 pounds.
It remains to be seen if Johnson is as athletic as Wright, but that’s asking a lot. Wright was widely considered one of the best athletes on Tennessee’s team by his teammates, especially considering his size. He excelled at left tackle in 2021 before seamlessly making the move to right tackle in 2022.
Before Johnson, the Vols picked up commitments from former Indiana kicker Charles Campbell and former UC-Davis tight end McCallan Castles on Wednesday. Transfer and prospects can begin signing with their schools on Dec. 21.