The Tennessee Volunteers have landed Dont’e Thornton after poaching the ex-four star receiver in the transfer portal from Oregon, per Adam Sparks of the Knoxville News Sentinel.
It’s a reload for the Volunteers’ receiving corps who lost two key pieces to the 2023 NFL Draft; Thornton is considered one of the top wideouts in the portal.
Thornton committed to the Vols on Monday after visiting Miami, Auburn, Arkansas and Tennessee, and is expected to enroll this month and participate in spring practice. The sophomore has two seasons of eligibility remaining in college football.
Thornton is a four-star transfer and has been ranked as high as No. 10 among wide receivers in the portal by 247Sports Composite. Only two of the top 25 wide receivers in the pool remain uncommitted to a new school, making it a huge snag for the Tennessee Volunteers.