The loss of Henry To’o To’o just became twice as bad for Tennessee. The stud linebacker announced a transfer commitment to Alabama on Saturday, confirming what had been rumored for a few months.
The former four-star prospect was one of Jeremy Pruitt’s biggest recruiting wins during his time at Tennessee. To’o To’o chose Tennessee over Alabama at the time, coming to Knoxville and starting from day one.
Now the best player on that Tennessee defense will be starting for the Crimson Tide this fall.
The exit of Pruitt this winter sent several key Volunteers into the transfer, none more devastating than To’o To’o. He joined starting linebacker Quavaris Crouch, running back Eric Gray, tackles Jahmir Johnson and Wanya Morris, along with several others to exit the program this offseason.
A coaching change, along with potential NCAA sanctions stemming from Pruitt’s time at Tennessee could cripple the Volunteers over the next couple of seasons. Josh Heupel has been tasked with keeping the program above water during that time as he becomes the latest man to lead a Tennessee football rebuild effort.
The departure of To’o To’o and Crouch has created a big need at linebacker for Tennessee, prompting this staff to go out and land former Texas linebacker Juwan Mitchell. He, along with Jeremy Banks, Morven Joseph, Kwauze Garland and Solon Page, will now try to move the Tennessee defense forward under new coordinator Tim Banks.