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Wanya Morris names top three, leaves out Tennessee

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COLLEGE FOOTBALL: OCT 26 South Carolina at Tennessee Photo by Bryan Lynn/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

It was a week filled with more negative headlines out of Knoxville, and none were bigger than Wanya Morris’ announcement that he had entered the transfer portal.

A former five-star recruit, Morris had started the bulk of the game for Tennessee over the last two seasons at left tackle. However, after falling out of the starting lineup in the final month of the season — and with an ongoing internal investigation creating an uncertain future for Jeremy Pruitt in Knoxville — Morris opted to check out his options in the portal.

On Friday, Morris pretty much closed the door on his time at Tennessee. He named a top three of Oklahoma, USC and Texas A&M, signaling that he would not be withdrawing his name from the portal.

Morris started from day one at left tackle for the Volunteers. However, his time in Knoxville didn’t come without struggles. There was a reason he was benched late in the year after he was unable to really lock down his spot. Senior Jahmir Johnson claimed his spot late in the year, while Morris actually contributed as a blocking tight end.

Johnson has yet to announce if he will return in 2021. Tennessee will also be replacing Trey Smith and likely center Brandon Kennedy, while Cade Mays is set to return. K’Rojhn Calbert, Cooper Mays, Javontez Spraggins, Jerome Carvin and Darnell Wright are the other key returning pieces to the offensive line. What that group looks like will be a key storyline to follow in spring ball.