Tennessee safety Cameron Miller has entered the transfer portal according to a report from Patrick Brown of GoVols247 and appearing in the 247 Sports transfer database on Monday morning. It looks as though Miller entered his name into the portal prior to the deadline on Sunday and just appeared on Monday in the database after a short processing delay.
The 6-foot-1, 195-pound athlete was a four-star recruit in the class of 2022 when he joined the Tennessee program under head coach Josh Heupel. At the time, Miller was recruited and came to Tennessee as a wide receiver with the ability to play on the defensive side of the ball as well. The Memphis, TN product was the eighth-highest player ranked in the Vols’ 2022 recruiting class.
Miller eventually moved to practice with the defensive backs entering his freshman season but only saw brief action in one game this year. Miller will head into the 2023 season as a redshirt freshman.
During the 2023 Orange & White Game this past spring, Miller caught an opportunistic interception off of quarterback Gaston Moore after it was tipped by the cornerback that was dashing across the field. Miller also posted six tackles in that game.
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The transfer portal continues to be one of the biggest storylines in all of college athletics, but particularly in college football due to the sheer roster size and number of needs after turnover each offseason. And while Tennessee has benefitted greatly from the portal under head coach Josh Heupel, the Vols have also lost some promising young talent.
Three of Tennessee’s top eight players from the 2022 recruiting class are in the transfer portal after just one year on campus. Running back Justin Williams-Thomas was the first player out of the class after transferring to Cal following the regular season. Then, just a few weeks later, quarterback Tayven Jackson entered the transfer portal and went to his home state of Indiana with the incoming addition of five-star quarterback Nico Iamaleava on the roster.
These moves shouldn’t cause any panic for people that are following the Tennessee program. While it’s never easy to see young talent leave the building, it is just the natural direction of college football. And in some cases, having players transfer out of the program can somewhat indicate the depth of that position.
While Cameron Miller is leaving the Tennessee secondary, the Vols stocked up with five freshmen defensive backs and one experienced transfer defensive back in the previous recruiting class. Many of Tennessee’s starters and most-used players in the secondary this season will likely be names of starters from previous seasons, but it was clear to see in the spring this year just how much of a priority Tennessee has made the defensive backs room over the past few seasons.
Tennessee defensive lineman Amari McNeill also entered the transfer portal after spring camp. The former three-star recruit in the class of 2021 entered the portal on Apr. 21 and quickly emerged in the Colorado program with head coach Deion Sanders afterward.
Cameron Miller has not made any sort of announcement on social media at the time of this publication.