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Tennessee lands Auburn transfer cornerback Kamal Hadden

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The Vols get stronger at cornerback.

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Coaching changes spur quick action these days, especially now with the early signing period taking place in mid-December. One of those early signees this year was Kamal Hadden, who chose the Auburn Tigers over UCF and Josh Heupel at the time. After going through the initial stages of the offseason with Auburn’s new staff, Hadden hit the transfer portal.

Today he lands with Heupel, who is now at Tennessee. Hadden made his decision to join the Volunteers over offers to join Penn State and Florida.

Tennessee was one of 15 offers on the table to Hadden before he signed with Auburn back in December. He should have three years of eligibility remaining, and it remains to be seen if he will be eligible this fall. The SEC has yet to remove their in-conference transfer rule, which currently states that the transferring athlete must sit out for a season. However, several conferences, including the Pac-12 most recently, have removed this rule.

Hadden was a JUCO prospect in the 2021 class, coming out of Independence Community College in Kansas. He was rated as a three-star prospect — the 32nd ranked JUCO player in the country, per 247Sports. He has outstanding size at 6-1, 185 pounds, and will provide immediate depth (if eligible) at a position of need for Tennessee.

The Vols sent Bryce Thompson to the NFL this year, while losing Baylen Buchanan and Key Lawrence to the transfer portal. That leaves veterans Alontae Taylor and Kenneth George to lead the charge at cornerback, along with Warren Burrell. Hadden has a chance to be the fourth man in that group this fall.