Kingsport Native Transfers to Tennessee, Reunites with Josh Heupel

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    Tennessee head coach Josh Heupel and tight end Charlie Browder will reunite very soon.

    On Monday evening, Browder announced that he would be transferring to Tennessee. Browder, formerly with UCF, originally entered the transfer portal on Dec. 29, 2021.

    Browder posted the announcement to Twitter saying, “Childhood Dream Come True!

    Browder, a native of Kingsport, TN, stands at 6-foot-7 and weighs in at 235-pounds. Before he finished his high school career at Christ School in Arden, N.C., Browder attended Dobyns-Bennett High School as a Volunteer State native.

    As a recruit, Browder was a three-star tight end in the class of 2021. Browder brought in 16 scholarship offers but decided to commit to former UCF head coach Josh Heupel and former UCF offensive coordinator Alex Golesh. Originally, Browder committed to Heupel and the Knights in June of 2020 and was even an early signee later that December. However, shortly after Browder signed with UCF, Heupel left to take the job at Tennessee. Now, one year later, Browder is joining up with Heupel once again.

    According to UCF’s team website, Browder did see action in four of the Knights’ games in 2021, although he did not record a reception.

    Charlie Browder will be the fourth transfer addition included in Josh Heupel’s fifteenth-ranked 2022 recruiting class. Additionally, joining Browden will be Wyoming transfer wide receiver Isaiah Neyor, Appalachian State quarterback Navy Shuler, and Florida defensive lineman Gerald Mincey.

    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.