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Tennessee Football Linked To Highly Touted Texas A&M Transfer Receiver

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Texas A&M transfer receiver Evan Stewart is perhaps the most sought after remaining player in the transfer portal. After two strong seasons in College Station, Stewart entered the transfer portal after Jimbo Fisher’s firing and currently ranks as the No. 2 transfer according to 247sports transfer rankings.

Like they would with nearly any transfer as talented as the Texas A&M receiver, Tennessee has interest in Stewart. But after entering the portal, Alabama and Texas were the two schools linked closest to Stewart. But is that changing?

“I’ve heard Texas and Alabama rumored and I’ve also been told by sources that those really aren’t viable options,” On3’s Pete Nakos said on the Andy Staples Show on Tuesday night.

Nakos not only said that Alabama and Texas don’t appear to be viable options for Stewart, but he listed Tennessee as one of the many schools he’s heard linked to Stewart in recent days.

“In recent days I’ve heard Florida State thrown out there, I’ve heard Ole Miss, I’ve heard Tennessee, I’ve heard USC, I’ve heard Oregon,” Nakos said. “I think that we’ll start to get a better feel in the days to come but I’ll tell you guys right now, I don’t think he lands at Texas or Alabama.”

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Tennessee being one of five teams linked to Stewart with Alabama and Texas falling out of contention isn’t overly promising due to the high quantity of teams listed. But it does show that the Vols remain in the hunt as a potential landing spot for the elite transfer receiver.

In two seasons at Texas A&M, Stewart’s caught 91 total passes for 1,163 yards and six total touchdowns. Stewart missed a large part of the 2023 season due to injury, but in eight games —largely with a backup quarterback— Stewart totaled 514 yards and four touchdowns last season. In the Aggies’ 20-13 loss at Tennessee, Stewart caught four passes for 48 yards.

Tennessee’s already added one transfer receiver this offseason— Tulane transfer Chris Brazzell II. In a breakout redshirt freshman season in New Orleans, Brazzell caught 44 passes for 711 yards and five touchdowns.

Brazzell joins a receiver core that returns slot receiver Squirell White and outside receivers Kaleb Webb, Chas Nimrod and Dont’e Thornton. Senior Bru McCoy also has one-year of eligibility remaining but the injured receiver hasn’t announced whether or not he plans to use his final year of eligibility.

Tennessee’s 2024 transfer class currently contains four players and ranks No. 28 nationally according to the 247sports team transfer rankings.

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