Rhode Island offensive tackle transfer Ajani Cornelius will visit Tennessee this weekend, The Athletic’s Bruce Feldman first reported Thursday.
Cornelius is one of the most sought after players in the transfer portal and particularly along the offensive line. The 6-foot-5, 305 pound offensive tackle has already taken visits to Nebraska and Oregon and plans to visit Tennessee on Friday and Ohio State on Saturday.
The Harlem, New York native didn’t have a single power five offer coming out of high school in Harlem, New York. Cornelius ended up landing at Rhode Island where he’s been a dominant FCS offensive lineman.
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Cornelius arrived at Rhode Island for the 2020 COVID-19 season that took place in the spring of 2021 at the FCS level. The massive offensive tackle redshirted that season and still has three years of eligibility thanks to NCAA COVID-19 relief.
Tennessee is bringing back three of its five offensive line starters from this past season but the Vols are in need of an offensive tackle. First Team All-SEC selection Darnell Wright declared for the NFL Draft on Thursday while sharing that he would play in the bowl game.
The Vols aren’t completely without options at offensive tackle as Jeremiah Crawford and Gerald Mincey split time anchoring the left side of Tennessee’s offensive line this season.
Crawford spent time at right tackle during the 2021 season while Cade Mays was injured. Dayne Davis has also earned playing time at right tackle.
I think we need a good running back and a good receiver this year why not us? We got the cash so why not us?