Matt Zenitz now reports that Tyler Baron has withdrawn from the transfer portal. So for now, it appears Baron will remain at Tennessee.
The Kentucky Wildcats are losing several key defensive linemen, so look for them to hit the transfer portal for help there.
Baron, a former class of 2020 recruit, signed with Tennessee after a close battle with Kentucky, so you have to figure Mark Stoops and co. will be jumping back into this recruitment. He was a top-150 recruit who originally played at Knoxville Catholic High School (TN).
In nine games as a true freshman in 2020, the 6-foot-5, 260-pound Baron had 21 tackles, three tackles for loss and one sack. This past season, he recorded 30 tackles, seven tackles for loss and four sacks in 12 games.
Look for Kentucky to show interest, though Baron is likely going to be pursued by a lot of high-major programs, as he’s now one of the best defensive players in the portal.