Tennessee's rising sophomore receiver DeAnthony Arnett has asked for a release from the University of Tennessee football program, according to VolQuest.com. Arnett, a 2011 U.S. Army All American out of Saginaw, Michigan, caught twenty-four passes for 242 yards as a true freshman in 2011.
Arnett was expected to start next season for Tennessee in the slot, which employs a three wide receiver base offense.
Arnett's father is ill and the illness has worsened over the last few weeks, according to the report. Arnett is expected to be granted his release and will likely transfer closer to his Saginaw, Michigan home. Arnett chose the Vols over Michigan, Michigan State, and Southern Cal out of high school.
Tennessee returns the SEC's leading receiver, junior Da'Rick Rogers. The Vols also return talented rising junior Justin Hunter, who was a top five receiver nationally in yardage prior to tearing multiple knee ligaments in a September tilt with Florida. The two are expected to start at the Z and X positions, respectively.
In addition to Hunter and Rogers, the Vols have four other receivers returning on scholarship and currently have four receivers committed for the 2012 recruiting class.
He was going to commit to MSU at that Notre Dame game (fake FG in overtime), but D'Antonio had a heart attack right in front of him during their meeting postgame.
Said it freaked him out and gave him a bad vibe.