Wharton comes to the Golden Bears after having visited North Carolina and Berkeley in mid-February.
Wharton signed with Tennessee a year ago, and played in nine games (with two starts) as a true freshman this past season, hauling in five passes for 64 yards and a touchdown. At 5-foot-11, 201 pounds, Wharton will be an effective inside receiver, much in the same vein as Bryce McGovern. He becomes the fifth Volunteers 2014 signee to transfer, and the 11th player overall to leave the program this season.
A source said that inside receivers coach Jacob Peeler was instrumental in securing the transfer.
He will have four years to play three, and will use his redshirt next season due to NCAA transfer rules, unless he files a waiver and is granted immediate eligibility, though a source said that’s not likely to happen.
Excited to announce that I will be attending the University of California next year! Thankful for the memories made at Tennessee. #GoBears— Vic Wharton III (@vwharton4) March 7, 2015
Wharton’s addition helps bolster a wide receiver corps that’s already lost Chris Harper -- trying his hand at the NFL Draft – and will likely lose a lot more after next season, with Bryce Treggs, Maurice Harris, Trevor Davis, Darius Powe and Stephen Anderson scheduled to graduate, and Kenny Lawler another potnetial loss to the draft.
Wharton was rated a three-star prospect coming out of Spring Hill (Tenn.) Independence in 2014, and was the No. 182 wide receiver nationally. He can sign with the Bears at any point up until April 1. He is not enrolled, and will not participate in spring football.