Tennessee OL William Parker enters NCAA transfer portal

Just days after its 2022 season ended with a win against Clemson in the Orange Bowl, Tennessee has had a player enter the NCAA transfer portal. Reserve offensive lineman William Parker entered the database on Tuesday morning, a source told GoVols247. The 6-foot-5, 310-pounder out of Nashville just finished his redshirt freshman season and played in two games in 2022 for the Vols.

The transfer portal window opened to FBS players on December 5, but remains open for players to enter through January 18. Players don’t have to have transferred to their new schools by then, but do have to enter the portal before the window shuts. Transfers also have a visit window where they can see other schools this week.

Tennessee had six players enter the portal in December between the end of the regular season and before the Orange Bowl, where the Vols beat Clemson 31-14 at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens on Friday night.

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Parker was a big recruiting win for Tennessee as he picked the home-state Vols over Alabama, Louisville, Florida and Auburn. He starred on both sides of the line of scrimmage for Pearl-Cohn High School in Nashville. 247Sports rated him as a high-three-star prospect (89 rating) and ranked him the No. 40 offensive tackle and No. 8 player in Tennessee in the 2021 class.

After enrolling early in January 2021, Parker, who was ranked the No. 406 overall player, No. 33 offensive tackle and No. 11 prospect in the industry-generated 247Sports Composite for the 2021 class, appeared in two games during his freshman season when he redshirted while totaling 10 snaps in games against Tennessee Tech (four snaps at left tackle) and South Alabama (six snaps at right tackle).

Parker’s only appearances this season came late in Tennessee’s easy wins against Ball State and UT Martin – he played seven snaps at right tackle against the Cardinals in the season opener in September and eight snaps at left tackle against the Skyhawks in October – as he was down the pecking order among the options at offensive tackle for the Vols.

“Griff hasn’t made as big a jump (as others), but, man, what an unbelievable — and it’s hard when you first come in — but unbelievable kid, great human being,” Tennessee offensive line coach Glen Elarbee said of Parker in April 2021 during his first spring in the program. “Plays freaky fast — like, freaky fast. He just is raw to the game, has to learn what to do, how to do it. But the fact that he’ll play so fast when the ball is snapped, he’ll be just fine.”

Parker has three years of eligibility remaining.

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