Vol Transfer Chooses SEC East Rival as Transfer Destination

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    Redshirt junior tight end Eli Wolf put his name in the new NCAA transfer portal last month, and he explored his options of potential schools to transfer to. After visiting a handful of schools, Wolf has decided on his new home for his final season as a collegiate football player. And it’s at one of UT’s biggest rivals.

    Wolf took to Twitter on Thursday afternoon to announce his decision to officially transfer from Tennessee and join the Georgia Bulldogs for the upcoming 2019 season.

    The rising redshirt senior joins a Bulldog tight end room devoid of returning experience. Junior tight end Isaac Nauta declared early for the 2019 NFL Draft this offseason, and highly-touted freshman Luke Ford elected to transfer off the roster this offseason. Georgia only has rising senior Charlie Woerner and redshirt freshman John Fitzpatrick as healthy tight ends on the roster.

    In 40 career games for Georgia, Woerner has 25 catches for 298 yards. Fitzpatrick appeared in two games in 2018 before redshirting.

    The Bulldogs signed two tight ends in their 2019 class, but only one of them is healthy right now. Four-star early enrollee Ryland Goede suffered a knee injury in his senior season of high school and may not be ready for fall camp later this year. Three-star Brett Seither won’t join Georgia till after the spring semester ends.

    Tennessee and Georgia will play each other this season on October 5th in Knoxville.

    Wolf played in all 12 games for the Vols this past season and started seven contests. He caught his first touchdown pass of his collegiate career when he hauled in a five-yard score against South Carolina. He finished the season with five receptions for 30 yards and a touchdown in 2018.

    The Minster, Ohio native joined the Vols as a walk-on prior to the 2015 season. He came to Tennessee to find opportunity and to play with his older brother, Ethan Wolf. He earned a scholarship during fall camp prior to the 2017 season, and he wound up playing in nine games and making his first career start for the Vols that season.

    Wolf was one of Tennessee’s player representatives at SEC Media Days in 2018 during head coach Jeremy Pruitt’s first SEC Media Days appearance with the Vols.

    The 6-foot-4, 236-pound tight end appeared in 27 games for Tennessee and caught nine passes for 86 yards and a touchdown.