Tennessee’s rough offseason continued on Thursday evening, as freshman defensive lineman Isaac Washington entered the transfer portal. Washington is the latest in a long line of players to enter the portal since Jeremy Pruitt was fired, as new head coach Josh Heupel attempts to stop the bleeding.
Washington made the announcement on Twitter.
#NewBeginnings pic.twitter.com/pvY4U0pKwZ— isaac (@isaacw_74) April 29, 2021
The three-star prospect signed with Tennessee over offers from Auburn, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, South Carolina and Virginia Tech. Washington was the 812th ranked player in the class of 2021, per the 247Sports Composite Rankings.
Washington didn’t take part in spring practice after enrolling early. He was a part of a group that was suspended before spring began, following an arrest stemming from a drug charge. Quarterback Kaidon Salter, linebacker Martavius French and linebacker Aaron Willis were the others involved.
The 6-3, 280 pound Washington is another piece of Tennessee’s future on the defensive line gone, joining KaTron Evans, who was released from his NLI last week. Pass rusher Dylan Brooks was also released from his NLI earlier this offseason.
Tennessee was able to bolster the defensive line on Thursday, landing USC transfer Caleb Tremblay.
Defensive tackle and defensive end are now both huge needs going forward for Tennessee, both in the immediate and in the future. Luckily for the Volunteers, Rodney Garner is one of the best in the business. He’s going to have a chance to transform this room, starting with the class of 2022.