The Tennessee Volunteers landed former East Tennessee State University defensive lineman Austin Lewis on Wednesday. According to multiple reports, Lewis will be a preferred walk-on for Tennessee but does have the motor to contribute.
Lewis announced his commitment to Tennessee from the transfer portal through a post on social media.
— Austin Lewis (@stinlewis) May 4, 2022
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Lewis was originally a three-star recruit in the 2018 class according to 247 Sports composite rankings. The Jonesborough, Tennessee native chose to commit to Liberty coming out of high school and would stay there for three years. In his three seasons with the Flames, Lewis compiled 68 tackles (34 solo, 34 assisted) and even found six sacks (4.5 sacks in his freshman season).
After three years in Lynchburg, though, Lewis was ready for a change. After the 2020 season, Lewis transferred to ETSU. Lewis did not participate in any game action with the Buccaneers due to eligibility rules.
Now that Austin Lewis is at Tennessee, though, the 6-foot-6, 270-pound defensive lineman will be able to play for the Vols right away.
Lewis’ addition to Tennessee also comes just a few days after the Vols picked up two other players from the transfer portal. On Monday, Tennessee received a commitment from former Ohio State defensive back Andre Turrentine, who is a Nashville native that played for Ensworth High School. Then, on Tuesday evening, former five-star recruit and former USC (Cali.) wide receiver Bru McCoy announced that he would be officially transferring to Tennessee to continue his collegiate career.
Austin Lewis, a quality underrated defensive end from ETSU, entered the transfer portal and late April and will have two years of eligibility remaining.
Thank you Johnson City for the welcome back home. This place truly is a family. pic.twitter.com/ywxXGEugkV
— Austin Lewis (@stinlewis) April 22, 2022
This season is gonna be different. Healthier than I have ever been and more focused than ever.🤠 pic.twitter.com/mHaPGlTyHQ
— Austin Lewis (@stinlewis) February 27, 2022