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Deandre Johnson transferring to Miami

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He’s headed back home.

NCAA Football: Texas A&M at Tennessee Knoxville News Sentinel-USA TODAY NETWORK

Former Tennessee pass rusher Deandre Johnson has found a new home. Just days after entering the NCAA transfer portal, Johnson has committed to the Miami Hurricanes as a grad-transfer.

The 6-3, 255 pound defensive end/outside linebacker signed with Tennessee as a three-star prospect out of Miami back in 2017. Now as a second-year senior, thanks to a ruling from the NCAA in 2020, Johnson gets a chance to play at home in his final season of college football.

Johnson exploded onto the scene in week one against South Carolina, appearing set to fill the shoes of Darrell Taylor. However, Johnson’s production fizzled after that 2.5 sack performance against the Gamecocks. He’ll now have one more season to get things right for a shot to play at the next level.

Tennessee will have to replace their top two outside linebacker options now after losing Johnson and Kivon Bennett, who was kicked off the team following an arrest in December. Tyler Baron emerged as a consistent contributor mid-season, while Morven Joseph spent time playing inside and out. Roman Harrison will also factor into this equation, along with newly signed freshman Dylan Brooks.