Former Alabama defensive lineman Darrington Sentimore, who spent this past season at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, signed Wednesday with Tennessee.
The Vols are looking for help next season in their defensive line, especially with All-SEC selection Malik Jackson departing.
The 6-foot-3, 273-pound Sentimore is originally from Norco, La., and signed with Alabama out of high school. He redshirted during the 2009 season and played as a reserve for the Crimson Tide during the 2010 season. He was indefinitely suspended by Alabama coach Nick Saban for violating unspecified team rules this past summer and transferred to junior college.
Sentimore has two years of eligibility remaining at Tennessee. He will enroll in January and go through spring practice.
The Vols were hoping that Sentimore would be one of a handful of junior college players signing with them on Wednesday, but struck out on cornerback Otis Jacobs and defensive tackle Damien Jacobs. Both players had been committed to Tennessee, but Otis Jacobs flipped back to his original choice and signed with Texas A&M, while Damien Jacobs had a change of heart and signed with Florida.