Tennessee continues to search for depth and impact players in the secondary, and they’re hosting a big transfer target this weekend. Former Kansas defensive back Karon Prunty is in Knoxville this weekend, getting a feel for the campus as he decides where to go next in his college career.
Prunty was a member of the 2020 class, and made a ton of noise as a true freshman playing for Les Miles at Kansas. The 6-1, 200 pound cornerback started each game for the Jayhawks and was credited with 10 pass deflections, 26 tackles and one interception.
For his efforts during the 2020 season, Prunty was named a Freshman All-American.
Tennessee was involved in his initial recruitment late, but Prunty ultimately chose to join Miles at Kansas. Now after opening plenty of eyes as a freshman, Tennessee’s new staff led by Josh Heupel is hot in pursuit with a clear need still at cornerback. The Volunteers already added Kamal Hadden, a JUCO product who transferred in from Auburn, but recently lost a commitment from 2021 prospect Ro Torrence.
With Prunty’s three years (technically four due to the COVID season) of eligibility remaining, he’s got quite the market in the transfer portal. South Carolina, Ohio State and Virginia are just a few of the teams chasing him.
Warren Burrell, Alontae Taylor and Kenneth George are the top current options for Tennessee at cornerback. There’s certainly a clear opportunity for Prunty to walk into a starting spot there, which would create more depth and give the Volunteers a contributor with a few years left to play.
This is a big potential addition here, and the Volunteers have cleared the first hurdle this weekend by simply getting him on campus.