Great news out of Tuscaloosa today, as Tennessee LB Henry To’o To’o announced his decision to transfer to Alabama.
To’o To’o was a standout on the Tennessee defense after choosing the Vols over Alabama at the last moment during his initial recruitment. This past season he led the team with 76 tackles including 10 tackles for loss with one sack and one interception. He made the decision to transfer after Jeremy Pruitt was fired, and was considered a virtual lock to Alabama should the SEC relax the rule on intraconference transfers. His father said back in February, “All the other SEC schools reached out to him, too. But one thing that we talked about was that we chose Tennessee the first time when we should have came to Alabama, so let’s not make this mistake twice.”
No rule change or interpretation has been announced, but Henry wouldn’t be headed to Tuscaloosa without assurance that he would be immediately eligible. In recent days he was rumored to be headed to Columbus for just that reason.
To’o To’o won’t have a clear path to a starting job inside with Jaylen Moody stepping up the way he has. Like any other player, he will have to battle for the time he gets. Still, he is a very talented player who has shown himself capable in the SEC and will be a welcome addition to an already loaded LB room.
This is perhaps the first example of what will likely be a trend caused by this new era of free agency. Henry didn’t transfer because of playing time. Alabama took Tennessee’s leading tackler because he wanted to be at Alabama. Some player who hasn’t been able to crack the rotation at Alabama will now transfer out, and perhaps he will land in Knoxville.
The rich just keep getting richer, eh?