Tennessee football offered North Texas transfer tight end Jake Roberts Friday, Roberts shared on his Twitter.
Grateful to receive an offer from the University of Tennessee! @CoachEkelerUT @maxwellthurmond @coachjoshheupel pic.twitter.com/0h9hRQ18i2
— Jake Roberts (@_jakeroberts7) December 23, 2022
Roberts is in the transfer portal after three seasons at North Texas and has two years of eligibility remaining thanks to NCAA COVID-19 relief. The 6-foot-5, 250 pound tight end’s best collegiate season came in 2022 when he caught 28 passes for 398 yards and three touchdowns.
Tennessee joins Cal, Nebraska, Baylor, Arkansas, Indiana, Oregon State and a number of other smaller schools in offering the Norman, Oklahoma native. Former Tennessee offensive coordinator and tight ends coach Alex Golesh offered Roberts from his new school: South Florida.
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Tennessee’s tight end situation is fluid for 2023 as the 2022 season comes to an end in the Orange Bowl next week. Tight ends Princeton Fant and Jacob Warren have split snaps for Tennessee the last two seasons. Fant is out of eligibility and the bowl matchup against Clemson will be his final as a Volunteer.
It’s still to be determined whether Warren — who has one more year of eligibility — will return for the 2023 season. While Warren has one more year of eligibility, he’s already spent five years at Tennessee. Warren wasn’t tipping his hand at a decision when he met with the media earlier this week.
UC-Davis tight end McCallen Castles announced his plans to transfer to Tennessee earlier this month and the Vols signed highly touted tight end Ethan Davis.
Still, if Warren forgoes his final season of eligibility the Vols will have room to add another transfer tight end to the roster.