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Vols land a pair of transfers

The Vols are in need of playmakers, especially in the secondary.

Butch Jones is probably breathing a big sigh of relief today as former Louisville cornerback Shaq Wiggins committed to Tennessee early Wednesday afternoon.

Wiggins was a consensus 4-star out of high school and was ranked a top 200 player in the country. He originally signed with Georgia in 2013. He recorded six tackles against Tennessee in the 2013 game. However, he ended up transferring to Louisville in 2014 after some legal trouble.

Wiggins sat out most of 2016 due to injuries, but had a solid 2015 season with the Cardinals. He was named as an honorable mention All-ACC pick as he recorded 30 tackles, 11 pass break-ups and two interceptions.

What impact will this make?

Honestly, a big one. Wiggins was highly recruited out of high school and even so recently when he was looking to transfer from Louisville. He’s very talented and possesses much needed experience for a defense that doesn’t have much.

The secondary was a glaring issue last year, and cost the Vols some games they shouldn’t have lost. I mean, they gave up over 400 passing yards against Vanderbilt and made Kyle Shurmur look like a Heisman contender. So yes, the secondary needs all the help they can get and I think Wiggins is a guy that will come in over summer and become a starter almost immediately. Also, it could be a sweet moment to see Wiggins pick off Jacob Eason and house one against his former team.

If Alvin Kamara endorses him, then the matter is settled. Wiggins will have one year to play.

In addition to Wiggins’ commitment, the Vols also landed another intriguing transfer yesterday from UTC quarterback Zack Weatherly.

However, he doesn’t plan on playing quarterback. Instead, he’s looking to play receiver for the Vols. As a 2016 recruit, he was ranked the No. 51 player in Tennessee and chose UTC over Appalachian State, San Diego State, and UT-Martin. Weatherly seems to be an athletic body, as he also played basketball and was an all-state high jumper. UT has some solid talent at the receiver position, but adding depth is always a positive, especially when injuries have been a major concern.

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