After three seasons and 1,330 yards rushing for the Clemson Tigers, running back Tavien Feaster is leaving the program. Clemson made a formal announcement on Wednesday.
“Tavien has informed us that he has entered the transfer portal with the intention to finish his degree at Clemson by August and continue his college career somewhere else,” the release from Dabo Swinney stated.
How does this relate to Tennessee? Well, as Michael Bratton points out, Feaster chose Clemson over Tennessee back in 2016.
Former five-star recruit Tavien Feaster leaving Clemson after rushing for 1,330 yards and 15 touchdowns in his career.— SEC Mike (@MichaelWBratton) April 24, 2019
He signed with the Tigers over Tennessee, set to be a graduate transfer. https://t.co/71lWU2quxJ
The former five-star recruit didn’t pan out as the featured back for Clemson, so he’s looking to maximize his opportunities during his senior season. As a grad-transfer, he’ll be able to do that immediately in the 2019 season.
The 5-11, 222 pound homerun hitter is absolutely a guy that Tennessee could use, but is that the situation he wants to walk into? The Vols already have Ty Chandler and Tim Jordan as their feature guy. Jeremy Banks is set to be the big back. Freshman Eric Gray was hurt during the spring, but could very well see snaps early on.
Tennessee brought in Madre London last year as a graduate transfer, but the veteran back was unable to add much to the offense. Feaster clearly has more juice to him, but would be be happy in another rotational role?
Of course, Tennessee has a totally new staff since Feaster’s recruitment back in 2016. It may not end up being a fit, but it’s something worth noting as the former highly-touted recruit goes through the process of picking his new school.