When Tennessee failed to land top cornerback targets like Isaac Taylor-Stuart, Olaijah Griffin or Eddie Smith on national signing day, we knew they were in a little bit of trouble at cornerback. The Volunteers saw four contributors move on from the 2017 team, leaving massive voids for Jeremy Pruitt to fill in year one.
Baylen Buchanan, Marquill Osborne and Shawn Shamburger — probably Tyler Byrd too — are likely your main contributors at cornerback as we head into spring. However, Tennessee joined the grad-transfer market in hopes of landing some more depth.
They hosted former Stanford cornerback Terrence Alexander this weekend, according to VolQuest.com.
Alexander is a former three star recruit out of the state of Louisiana. He would be the second grad-transfer from Stanford to join the Vols this year, following Keller Chryst’s decision to join Tennessee.
The 5-10 cornerback has appeared in 41 games over the past four years, according to Stanford’s athletics site. He played just one game last season before missing the rest of the season due to injury. With one season of eligibility remaining, Alexander is being pursued by both LSU and Tennessee.
Alexander would be the second grad-transfer cornerback that Tennessee has landed in as many years. Shaq Wiggins chose Tennessee over Mississippi State last year after moving on from Louisville.
Running back Madre London and kicker Ryan Tice have already joined Chryst as grad-transfer additions this season. Could Alexander make it four? To be blunt, the Vols need him badly.