I have 0 knowledge of the situation, but if UT blocked his release, then we couldn't let him on the team even if we wanted to.
They didn't part on good terms and NOBODY has picked him up. The dude has 0 legal problems and I haven't heard of any grade issues, so I suspect UT probably made transferring hell for him. I just don't believe a kid that was a 4 star in high school hasn't even had an FCS school offer him a scholarship unless there is something out there from preventing them from doing so (i.e. UT blocking all transfer requests).
I don't think he'll be a 9er either, but I'll retain a small amount of optimism.
He will not ever play here. His brother left the team as well. Tennessee situation was a mess on how he handled it and blindsided them with his departure. Coaches still stand by saying no room for another QB but IDK how you dont see and add the talent if it is there.
Inside rumors around his family is that both he and his brother will go to Florida A&M next yr. (I think that was the school) But i know from a good source that is what is expected.