247Sports named the most important transfer portal addition for each Power-5 program this offseason and they went with a defensive player for the Tennessee Vols.

According to 247Sports, the Vols’ most important transfer addition this offseason is former Ohio State defensive back Andre Turrentine, a Nashville native who attended Ensworth.

Turrentine, who signed with the Buckeyes during the 2021 recruiting cycle, is a former four-star recruit. He was rated as the No. 9 safety in the nation.

From 247Sports:

Tennessee is looking to take a big leap entering its second season under Josh Heupel. To do so, it desperately needs to shore up the defense. Adding former Ohio State safety Turrentine accomplishes a few tasks. First, Turrentine, who will likely play nickel for the Vols, replaces one of their biggest defensive losses in Theo Jackson. Second, he frees up other players in the secondary, like safety Trevon Flowers and outside corner Brandon Turnage, to move back to their natural positions after working at nickel to try and replace Jackson.

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Why chosen: Ensworth’s Andre Turrentine, an Ohio State four-star safety signee and No. 3 prospect in the state, had 41 tackles with two for loss.
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Tennessee’s biggest need this offseason was in the secondary. The Vols were already thin in the secondary before losing Theo Jackson and Alontae Taylor to the NFL draft this spring. Adding Turrentine wasn’t just ideal — it was necessary.

Turrentine was going to be buried on the depth chart at Ohio State this fall. Tanner McCalister, Josh Proctor, Kourt Williams, and Ronnie Hickman appear to have the top safety spots locked down in Columbus. Turrentine is obviously talented, but there was simply too much talent in front of him at Ohio State. Transferring to Tennessee will give Turrentine a chance to shine in 2022 while filling a massive need for the Vols.

Tennessee still has some depth issues on the defensive side of the ball, but rescuing Turrentine from Ohio State will certainly help alleviate some of those concerns in 2022.

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