Former Tennessee Commit Enters Transfer Portal

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    Just a day after losing to Michigan State in the Peach Bowl, Pittsburgh wide receiver Shocky Jacques-Louis decided to enter his name into the transfer portal on Friday.

    As a recruit in the class of 2018, Jacques-Louis was at one point a Tennessee commit. Jacques-Louis, originally a three-star recruit from Fort Myers, FL, committed to Tennessee on Sept. 17, 2017. However, just a couple of months later, Jacques-Louis announced his decommitment on the same day that former head coach Butch Jones was fired. After his decommitment, Jacques-Louis brought in new offers from Ohio State and Oregon, but decided to commit to and sign with Pittsburgh in December of 2017.

    “First and foremost thank god for allowing me the opportunity to play for Pitt,” Jacques-Louis said in a Twitter post on Friday. “Thanks to all the coaches that took their time to help shape me into a better player. Thanks to all my boys on the team for helping me build memories that’ll last me a lifetime.”

    “With that being said after talks with my family and closest friends I have decided to use my last year of eligibility to grad transfer,” Jacques-Louis said in his post. “Recruitment is open…”

    Jacques-Louis is a talented receiver standing at six feet tall. The playmaker from Florida has played in eight games or more throughout his whole four-year career and has racked up 1,010 yards in total. However, Jacques-Louis’ senior year at Pittsburgh was a bit of a step down in production. After totaling more than 325 yards in his sophomore and junior seasons, Jacques-Louis only had 259 yards this past season.

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    Still, though, Jacques-Louis was a big factor in the Panthers’ offense led by future NFL Draft pick Kenny Pickett. In Pittsburgh’s week-two win at Tennessee, Jacques-Louis only had one catch for six yards in a very high-scoring game.

    As a speedy and reliable receiver that played in 40 games at Pitt, Jacques-Louis just ended up getting buried underneath some stronger receiver talent. Despite his lower-production season in 2021, Jacques-Louis is still a player that could help a team succeed in 2022. Although, with Tennessee being one of those potential teams for Jacques-Louis, so is another SEC rival.

    Before he was committed to Tennessee and Butch Jones, Jacques-Louis was a Kentucky commit. Jacques-Louis made his commitment to the Wildcats on Apr. 21, 2017, however, he decommitted from Kentucky on June 11, 2017.

    If Shocky Jacques-Louis does want to play in the SEC for his final season, Tennessee and Kentucky could be likely landing spots as two teams with prior history.

    In Tennessee’s current class of 2022, the Vols have 19 early signees, one early enrollee, and two transfers. Overall, the Vols’ class is ranked fifteenth nationally and seventh in the SEC according to 247 Sports.

    Ric Butler is a Knoxville based sports media personality who has covered University of Tennessee athletics since 2017. Most recently, he served as the lead writer for the website of a local radio station. Ric also helped create and host a daily radio show called “The Blitz." Ric’s passion for sports, smooth vocal, and infectious personality have made him popular with both his peers and Vol Nation. Originally from Dallas, Ric didn’t grow up riding horses to school. But he did dream of the big city lights. When not chasing down the latest Tennessee story, Ric can be found watching the WWE, often attempting their moves in an embarrassing fashion.