The Tennessee Volunteers' stellar offseason just took a step in the wrong direction.
On Thursday evening, 4-star linebacker Kevin Mouhon announced his decision to decommit from Tennessee, via his official Twitter page:
I've decided that the University Of Tennessee is not for me and I'll be attending college somewhere else =)— Kevin Mouhon (@KMooMoo48) January 24, 2014
While Mouhon seems to be happy with his decision, don't expect the Vols to be smiling about it anytime soon.
The news came just four days after the Norcross, Ga., native made an official visit to Cincinnati’s campus.
“I just felt like I had better opportunities elsewhere,” Mouhon said afterwards, via 247Sports’ Ryan Callahan.
Although he hasn’t listed any front-runners to secure his services, the Bearcats are believed to be the best bet, according to 247Sports' "Crystal Ball," especially given that Mouhon’s older brother Silverberry plays defensive end for the team.
Ironically, the older Mouhon played under Tennessee head coach Butch Jones during Jones' tenure at Cincinnati from 2010 to 2012.
Besides the Vols and Bearcats, Mouhon also holds offers from 29 other schools. That list includes: Florida State, Florida, Oregon, Ohio State and Auburn among others.
A former Norcross High standout, Mouhon is listed as the No. 345 overall prospect and is the No. 13-ranked inside linebacker in the Class of 2014, according to 247Sports’ composite rankings. He originally committed to Tennessee last July.
Still, even with the loss of Mouhon, the school’s recruiting class should be fine.
As of Friday, the Vols have 33 total commitments and currently boast the No. 6 overall recruiting class and the fourth-best class in the SEC. It’s a class led by a whopping 15 commitments from 4-star recruits—only Notre Dame (16) has more.
Mouhon is expected to make his final decision on national signing day on Feb. 5, per Callahan's report.
All stats and rankings used in this article are courtesy of CFBstats.com unless otherwise noted.
Recruiting information courtesy of 247 Sports.