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Tennessee football DL target Davon Sears, a Texas State transfer, to announce Monday

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With the January 4-8 visit period wrapping up, Tennessee football is hoping to get some good news on Monday. 

Some of that news could come from Davon Sears. Sears announced via Twitter he will be announcing his college destination on Monday. He is a transfer defensive lineman from Texas State. 

Sears was on campus during the visitation window. He visited all three of his top schools, Penn State, Oklahoma, and Tennessee. 

Sears tweeted his thoughts on Knoxville following the visit. 

He entered the transfer portal on December 18. Transferring to Texas State after playing community college football at Ellsworth Community College in Iowa Falls, Iowa, Sears did not play in 2021. He appeared in all 12 games for Texas State in 2022, finishing the year with 15 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss and one sack.

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Coming out of JUCO, Sears ranked as a three-star. He was the No. 55 JUCO prospect nationally, and the No. 11 defensive lineman. 

Sears hails from Center Line High School in Center Line, Michigan. He did not have much college interest out of high school. 

The transfer portal has given schools a way to fill immediate teams on their teams. Josh Heupel has been active in the portal thus far. 

Byron Young and LaTrell Bumphus will both be gone next year, so Tennessee football needs some immediate help to shore up its defensive line.

In their 2023 recruiting class, the Vols bring in a lot of help on that side of the ball. Particularly up front, Tennessee football picks up Daevin Hobbs and Tyree Weathersby. Hobbs could make an immediate impact for Tennessee, and he was ranked as the No. 51 prospect nationally. 

Sears could be a plug-and-play guy in Tennessee’s defense – a defense that is seeking improvement. 

His announcement on Monday could boost a unit that was very inconsistent throughout 2022.

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