Another big time Tennessee player has left the program. Just days after entering the transfer portal, former top 100 recruit Key Lawrence is headed to Oklahoma. Lawrence tweeted his commitment graphic on Monday night.
Lawrence appeared in all ten games for Tennessee in 2020, starting as a special teams contributor. He worked his way into the secondary rotation late in the year after bouncing around from safety to cornerback. Lawrence was a favorite to land a starting spot in 2021, but the exit of Jeremy Pruitt caused him to explore his options.
The Nashville native was the 81st overall prospect in the class of 2020, per 247Sports — the top ranked player in the state of Tennessee. Lawrence picked the homestate Volunteers over Oklahoma and Miami back in 2019.
Lawrence joins Wanya Morris at Oklahoma, who also transferred out of Tennessee this offseason. Key players Henry To’o To’o, Quavaris Crouch and Eric Gray remain in the transfer portal at this time.
Tennessee is left with Alontae Taylor, Warren Burrell and Kenneth George at cornerback. Shawn Shamburger recently withdrew his name from the portal, and should fit somewhere into the secondary picture, depending on the new staff’s system.