Tennessee football: Ranking Vols 4 JuCo and regular transfers by potential impact

KNOXVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 29: A general view of Neyland Stadium during the South Carolina Gamecocks game against the Tennessee Volunteers on October 29, 2011 in Knoxville, Tennessee. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
KNOXVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 29: A general view of Neyland Stadium during the South Carolina Gamecocks game against the Tennessee Volunteers on October 29, 2011 in Knoxville, Tennessee. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images) /
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From a projected talent perspective, Aubrey Solomon is at the top of this list. He transferred to Tennessee football from the Michigan Wolverines, was once a five-star recruit, and saw himself projected with the first team in spring ball.

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Simply put, Solomon is the one who brings everything you want to reload a line. At 6’5″ 306 pounds, he could immediately step in and play up front at defensive tackle, and he would be a huge boost for Rocky Top.

That talent alone and the fact that the Vols will at least have him in 2020 and either 2019 or 2021 make him the No. 2 potential impact player on this list. Emmit Gooden is supplanted as one of the starters at tackle right now, but Solomon could lock off the other spot. However, there is still one problem, and that’s whether or not he can play this year.

Solomon’s status of eligibility is up in the air. If he gets the green light, then there’s a strong case for him to be No. 1 on this list. But as a regular transfer, we have to hold back on him right now, even if it’s only slightly. That’s the one perk of going for junior college transfers and not just guys leaving a program.

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Still, whenever Solomon does get his chance with the Vols, expect for him to be a major impact player. Jeremy Pruitt got a steal luring Solomon away from Michigan, and it has helped him reload the line sooner rather than later.