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Tennessee football: Wanya Morris, one of Pruitt's two 5-star signees, in transfer portal

The Knoxville News-Sentinel logoThe Knoxville News-Sentinel 1/13/2021 Mike Wilson, Knoxville News Sentinel

One of the two five-star prospects to sign with Tennessee football during Jeremy Pruitt's tenure is looking to transfer.

Offensive tackle Wanya Morris entered the NCAA transfer portal on Wednesday. He is the 10th scholarship Vol to enter the portal since Dec. 1 and the biggest hit to Tennessee's roster yet.

Morris was the No. 28 prospect and No. 6 offensive tackle nationally in the 247Sports Composite for the 2019 class out of Grayson (Georgia) High School. Darnell Wright, the No. 10 prospect in 2019, is only higher-ranked prospect to sign with the Vols under Pruitt's watch.

a group of football players on a field: Tennessee offensive lineman Wanya Morris (64) and UAB safety Grayson Cash (12) during an exchange after a play in the game on Saturday, November 2, 2019. © Brianna Paciorka/News Sentinel Tennessee offensive lineman Wanya Morris (64) and UAB safety Grayson Cash (12) during an exchange after a play in the game on Saturday, November 2, 2019.

The 6-foot-5, 320-pound Morris played in 22 games with 19 starts in two seasons. 

Morris played in all 13 games and started 12 at left tackle as a freshman in 2019. He was named to the freshman All-SEC team.

Morris, a preseason second-team All-SEC pick, started five of Tennessee's first seven games at left tackle. He was relegated largely to a role as a blocking tight end in Tennessee's jumbo package in the final three games. He started two of the final three games at tight end.

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Morris went through quarantine twice due to COVID-19 protocols, Pruitt said in September

He joined running back Ty Chandler, outside linebacker Deandre Johnson, quarterback J.T. Shrout, quarterback Jarrett Guarantano, tight end Austin Pope, wide receiver Brandon Johnson, tight end Jordan Allen and outside linebacker Kivon Bennett as scholarship Vols to enter the transfer portal since Dec. 1.

Defensive back Shawn Shamburger entered the portal on Tuesday and withdrew Wednesday.

Four transferred to a Power 5 school. Chandler transferred to North Carolina on Tuesday. Guarantano transferred to Washington State and Shrout went to Colorado. Johnson transferred to Miami.

Mike Wilson covers University of Tennessee athletics. Email him at michael.wilson@knoxnews.com and follow him on Twitter @ByMikeWilson. If you enjoy Mike’s coverage, consider a digital subscription that will allow you access to all of it. 

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