KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee football officially welcomed its second and third graduate transfers on Tuesday. The school issued a news release about offensive lineman Brandon Kennedy and tailback Madre London.
The Vols added Stanford graduate transfer quarterback Keller Chryst earlier this spring.
Tennessee lost two graduate transfers from the 2017 team — quarterback Quinten Dormady and offensive lineman Venzell Boulware.
The NCAA revealed on Tuesday that the number of Division I football graduate transfers increased from 2016 to 2017, from 117 to 211.
— NCAA Research (@NCAAResearch) June 19, 2018
That number likely will increase in 2018 and 2019. SEC presidents voted on June 1 to allow graduate transfers to gain immediate eligibility when transferring within the league.
First-year Tennessee football coach Jeremy Pruitt has been aggressive adding older, more experienced personnel to the roster.
Tennessee’s 2018 signing class included five junior college transfers, an indication that Pruitt and his staff think those players can make an immediate impact.
Pruitt wants to make the Vols as competitive as positive as soon as possible while trying to recruit enough young players to build a foundation for the future.
To this point, attrition has not been a problem for Pruitt. Dormady has been the only scholarship player to leave the Tennessee program since Pruitt was hired on Dec. 7. Dormady will play this season as a graduate transfer at Houston.
Boulware quit the team in the middle of last season and announced his plans to transfer before Pruitt had an opportunity to meet with him.
Pruitt allowed Boulware to remain on scholarship at Tennessee, so the former Vols lineman was able to graduate in May before heading to Miami where he will play for the Hurricanes.
Madre London interview, April 26
Tennessee RB grad transfer Madre London recaps Michigan State career and talks Vols future
Posted by Tennessee Volunteers Insiders on Thursday, April 26, 2018