Former Vol Linebacker Aaron Willis Announces Transfer Destination

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    After spending almost two months in the transfer portal, former Tennessee linebacker Aaron Willis has officially announced that he is heading south.

    On Monday, Willis posted to Twitter that he would be transferring to the University of Houston to continue his collegiate career. Willis will have three years of eligibility remaining.

    “See me now,” Willis wrote with a shushing emoji attached.

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    Willis originally entered the transfer portal on Apr. 29, 2022.

    As a four-star linebacker in the class of 2021, Willis played the first three years of his high school career at St. Frances Academy in Baltimore, Maryland before transferring to Life Christian Academy in Virginia for his senior year.

    Aaron Willis, 6-foot-1, 225-pounds, originally committed to Jeremy Pruitt’s staff in May of 2020, but ended up enrolling at Tennessee after Pruitt had been removed as the Vols’ head coach. In fact, just one week after Willis enrolled at Tennessee in January of 2021, Josh Heupel was hired as Pruitt’s replacement.

    Willis saw limited playing time last year as he worked to learn the new system and his role in it. The freshman linebacker saw some action in every Tennessee game except for Bowling Green, Pittsburgh, Missouri, and Florida. Willis’ one tackle recorded on the season came against South Alabama.

    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.


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