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Vols offensive lineman announces transfer to SEC school

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Tennessee offensive lineman Jahmir Johnson is transferring to Texas A&M, Johnson announced on Twitter early Saturday afternoon.

“Past three years, the University of Tennessee has become home,” Johnson tweeted. “After much consideration with my close friends and family, I will be deciding to transfer to Texas A&M University to continue to play football in the SEC at a hight level while also pursuing my graduate degree.

“I would like to thank Coach Pruitt and his staff at the University of Tennessee for the opportunity that they have given me to pursue my dreams. I would also like to thank the professors that have provided me with the knowledge to be successful not only in football, but in life. Lastly, I would like to thank the fans of VolNation for supporting our team over the past three years. Rocky Top will always have a special place in my heart. Go Big Orange! Thanks to everyone.”

Johnson saw time at left tackle and guard during his three seasons in Knoxville. He played in 24 games and made 17 starts. This past season, as a redshirt senior, Johnson played in seven games and made five starts, all at left tackle.

The Philadelphia native signed with the Vols in 2018 following one season of junior college football at Arizona Western. Johnson was an NJCAA First-Team All-American in 2017 and a top-50 JUCO prospect after transferring from Rhode Island, where he redshirted as a true freshman in 2016.

Johnson started in 11 games – all at left guard – in his debut season on Rocky Top in 2018. He then battled injury in 2019 as a redshirt junior and only appeared in six games with one start.

The 6-foot-5, 300-pounder is the second left tackle to transfer from Tennessee this offseason. Johnson joins Wanya Morris, who transferred to Oklahoma just before the spring semester began.

Tennessee signed a junior college offensive tackle on Wednesday during National Signing Day. Jeremiah Crawford became first-year head coach Josh Heupel’s first signee when he signed with the Vols out of Butler County Community College.

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