The Tennessee Vols are reportedly pursuing a player in the NCAA transfer portal that would instantly fill a huge need in Knoxville.

According to 247Sports’ Steve Wiltfong, Tennessee has been in communication with Virginia cornerback Fentrell Cypress.

“Tennessee, there’s going to be a call with Tennessee tonight,” said Wiltfong on Monday about the Vols’ interest in Cypress.

Cypress was a second-team All-ACC player this past season after compiling 14 pass breakups and 39 total tackles (he was named a first-team All-ACC player by Pro Football Focus).

The talented cornerback has a slight Tennessee connection, too. Cypress attended Northwestern High School in Rock Hill, SC. That’s the same high school that former Vols Cordarrelle Patterson and Justin Worley attended.

There’s obviously a big gap in age between Cypress and Patterson/Worley, but I’m sure he’s quite familiar with both of those players (and perhaps they’ll both reach out to Cypress on the Vols’ behalf).

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Nov 5, 2022; Charlottesville, Virginia, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels running back D.J. Jones (26) carries the ball as Virginia Cavaliers defensive back Fentrell Cypress II (23) defends during the second half at Scott Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Taetsch-USA TODAY Sports

Tennessee doesn’t have a bigger position of need than cornerback — their pass defense was disastrous this season. Cypress won’t correct all of the Vols’ pass defense issues, but he’d instantly help the secondary improve.

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