Tennessee's leading tackler is heading to Alabama.
Linebacker Henry To'o To'o said Saturday that he would be a member of the Crimson Tide's defense in 2021. To'o To'o had said he was transferring from Tennessee after the school fired coach Jeremy Pruitt at the end of the season.
To’o To’o had 68 total tackles and 7.5 tackles for loss in 2020. He also had a sack and returned an interception 32 yards for a TD in the team’s season-opening game against South Carolina.
To’o To’o has been a key player for Tennessee ever since he set foot on campus. He had 72 tackles in 13 games in 2019 as a freshman. He was a four-star recruit and the No. 3 inside linebacker in the class of 2019.
Will To'o To'o play in 2021?
It's not a guarantee that To'o To'o will be on the field for Alabama this season. While the NCAA has officially allowed players to play immediately after their first transfer, the SEC still has a rule in place that mandates intraconference transfers to sit out a season.
But that rule is likely to be changed ahead of the 2021 season. And even if it isn't, To'o To'o can get a waiver to play right away. Tennessee offensive lineman Cade Mays got one ahead of the 2020 season after he transferred from Georgia.
The SEC is set to vote on the rule later this spring. SEC commissioner Greg Sankey said the conference would be making a decision on the rule in the next few weeks.
We're guessing that To'o To'o and Alabama are confident that he'll be playing in 2021. And if and when he does, he could step into the starting lineup for the Crimson Tide. Alabama needs to replace LB Dylan Moses and brings back Chris Allen and Christian Harris. Adding To'o To'o to that linebacking group only bolsters what's an incredibly strong position group.
To'o To'o is also the second potential impact transfer Alabama has scored in the last week. Ohio State WR Jameson Williams recently said he was joining the team. Williams was also a four-star recruit in the class of 2019 and could immediately step in as a top target for QB Bryce Young.
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