Tennessee linebacker A.J. Johnson will return to play his senior year for the Vols rather than pursue an early entry to the NFL.
Tennessee coach Butch Jones announced the news Tuesday on his Twitter account.
"Very excited to announce that (Johnson) will be a member of Team 118," Jones tweeted.
Johnson has started 34 games in his three-year career. The native of Gainesviille, Ga., led the SEC in tackles in 2012 and had a team-high 106 tackles in 2013.
Johnson's return will solidify the middle of Tennessee's defense, which is losing virtually all of its defensive line rotation to graduation.
Curt Maggitt, who missed all of 2013 as he recovered from an ACL injury, will likely start alongside Johnson.
There are several options for the third linebacker, including rising sophomore Jalen Reeves-Maybin and incoming freshman Dillon Bates.
Tennessee announced earlier Tuesday that reserve linebacker Christian Harris planned to transfer.
Evan Woodbery covers Tennessee football. Follow him on Twitter.