I’ll let Coach JH know that you expect him to step it up a notch or two with the portal. I’ll tell him you want only future All SEC guys via the portal, and All SEC by their 1st year at UT. How many All SEC portal transferees would you like, so I can let him know?
We’re only 9 days into the 45 day Winter open portal period, with another 15 day open portal period after Spring practice. So JH should be able to meet your expectations, no problem. I’m sure there are dozens of All SEC types in the portal to just pick & choose, right?
Seriously, 3 contributors in their 1st year out of 5 signed is a decent success rate for portal transferees IMO. And the 4th guy (I think you are referring to Turrentine) is a redshirt freshman. Hopefully, he will stay at UT and develop into a contributor, also.
And the “NCAA baggage” was actually an issue through this season given my understanding that the Vols reduced scholarships in 2021 & 2022, to proactively get ahead of the NCAA sanctions forthcoming. Less scholarships meant UT had to be more selective in the portal too.
Also, let’s recognize the portal transferees brought in by JH last year. These guys helped the Vols get off the floor after JH arrived, and some are still helping. All have started games for UT: Chase McGrath, JaVonta Payton, Caleb Tremblay, Milton, DaJon Terry, Juwan Mitchell, Hadden, Turnage.