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Tennessee Lands Highly Touted Oregon State Cornerback Transfer

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Highly touted Oregon State transfer Jermod McCoy committed to Tennessee football Wednesday morning, the cornerback shared on X.

The freshman corner boasted offers from nearly 20 power five schools including Florida, Oklahoma, Oregon and Southern Cal but McCoy’s decision came down to Tennessee and Texas A&M before he committed to Josh Heupel and his staff.

McCoy started at Oregon State as a true freshman last season, totaling 16 tackles, seven pass deflections and two interceptions. The 6-foot, 180-pound corner performed well in the conference that boasted the nation’s best quarterbacks last season and still have three-years of eligibility remaining. Those two factors made him one of the most sought after players in the transfer portal

The Oregon State transfer ranks as a four-star transfer, the No. 78 player and No. 7 cornerback in the transfer portal according to the 247sports transfer rankings.

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The Whitehouse, Texas native earned a 64.1 PFF grade in his freshman season at Oregon State. Opponents targeted McCoy 47 times and the 6-foot freshman allowed 27 catches for 420 yards.

For reference, McCoy’s PFF grade would have ranked third amongst Tennessee cornerbacks last season behind both Kamal Hadden and Gabe Jeudy-Lally but ahead of Doneiko Slaughter and the rest of the cornerback room.

McCoy joins a Tennessee cornerback room that is losing an abundance of production from this past season. Hadden is out of eligibility and Slaughter, Bradon Turnage and Warren Burrell all entered the transfer portal. Jeudy-Lally has one-year of eligibility remaining but went through Senior Day festivities during the Vanderbilt game and hasn’t announced his intentions for his football future.

McCoy joins a young cornerback room that includes underclassmen Rickey Gibson III and Jordan Matthews. The Oregon State transfer’s experience will be invaluable next season and puts him in a prime position to start for Tennessee next season.

The cornerback becomes the third player Tennessee has landed out of the transfer portal, joining Notre Dame tight end Holden Staes and MTSU safety Jakobe Thomas.

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