The winter of personnel attrition continues, with Tennessee the latest to see the depth on its roster pared.
UT head coach Butch Jones confirmed to the Chattanooga Times Free Press Thursday that wide receiver Vic Wharton has decided to transfer out of the Vols football program. No reason was given for the decision to move on.
“Right now I know he’s going to transfer,” Jones told the Times Free Press. “Vic is going through that process of deciding what is the best fit for him in moving forward.”
Wharton was a four-star member of UT’s 2014 recruiting class who started the last two games as a true freshman last season. The Nashville native ended the year with five receptions for 64 yards and a touchdown.
According to the paper, Wharton is the third receiver to transfer from the Vols this offseason, joining sophomore Ryan Jenkins and junior Drae Bowles.
In addition to Wharton, Jones confirmed to Wes Rucker of 247Sports.com that junior linebacker Justin King has decided to leave the program as well. King will be graduate transfer and would thus be eligible to play immediately in 2015 if he were to move on to an FBS school.
King, a three-star member of UT’s 2012 recruiting class who played in 13 games in 2014, will have two years of eligibility remaining regardless of where he transfers.