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    On Wednesday afternoon, Kellie Harper added yet another highly-rated prospect to the Lady Vols’ 2021 recruiting class.

    Brooklynn Miles, one of the top point guards in the 2021 cycle, announced her commitment to Tennessee on Twitter on Wednesday. Miles chose the Lady Vols over other offers from Kentucky, NC State, Purdue, Miami, and others.

    According to ESPN’s women’s basketball recruiting rankings, Miles is a five-star and is rated as the No. 46 overall prospect and No. 9 point guard in the 2021 class. The speedy 5-foot-6 guard gives Tennessee their point guard of the future.

    Miles is considered one of the fastest recruits in the 2021 class, and she’s an elite scorer who is no slouch on defense, either. She plays for Franklin County High School in Richmond, Kentucky and averaged 21.5 points, 4.9 assists, 4.1 steals, and 3.8 rebounds as a junior this past season.

    For Kellie Harper and the Lady Vols, Miles is just the latest elite recruit to commit to UT in the 2021 cycle.

    Miles joins fellow five-stars Kaiya Wynn and Karoline Striplin along with four-star forward Sara Puckett in Tennessee’s 2021 class. Wynn and Miles were teammates together for the Kentucky Premier club program, and now they’ll be teammates in Knoxville in the future.

    According to ESPN, the Lady Vols now have three five-star commits and one four-star. All four of UT’s current 2021 commits are rated in the top 100 prospects. Wynn is the highest-rated at No. 23 overall, followed by Miles at No. 46 overall, Striplin at No. 48, and Puckett at No. 62 overall.

      (Photo via @jetervideovault on Twitter)

      In this episode of the RTI Recruiting Podcast, managing editor Nathanael Rutherford and special guest Matt Ray of VR2 discuss Vol quarterback commit Kaidon Salter’s performance at this year’s Elite 11 Finals. Did Salter improve after a slow start to the event, and what were Matt’s biggest takeaways from the four-star’s time in Nashville? Plus, could the Vols land another commitment or two in the month of July, and who is Salter trying to help UT get in this class?

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        Tennessee’s men’s basketball program continues to pursue some of the top talent in the country in the 2021 recruiting cycle. The Vols are already targeting a number of five-stars in the class, and UT’s coaches have their eyes on several four-star prospects as well.

        This week, yet another top-100 recruit added an offer from the Vols in the 2021 class.

        Jahmai Mashack is a four-star guard who plays for Etiwanda in Rancho Cucamonga, California. He’s added several offers over the last few months, and according to Corey Evans of Rivals, Tennessee became the latest school to offer him this week.

        According to 247Sports, the 6-foot-5, 190-pound guard is the No. 66 overall prospect and No. 14 shooting guard in the 2021 cycle. He’s ranked 99th overall and No. 23 among shooting guards in the composite.

        Mashack suffered an injury last summer that slowed down his recruitment temporarily. But now that he’s healthy again, teams have taken notice and have started to make him a priority on the recruiting trail.

        Since April, Mashack has added offers from Colorado, Utah, Oklahoma, Arizona, Louisville, and Texas among others.

        All this interest comes even though Mashack has missed the last two AAU seasons. Last year it was because of a fractured foot, and this year it’s because of the COVID-19 pandemic. But he earned Cal-Hi Second Team All-State honors in the highest division of high school basketball as a junior last year, showing off ability as a slashing scorer and really shining on the defensive end of the floor.

        In an interview with Jacob Polacheck of Zagsblog.com back in April, Mashack mentioned that playing time and programs that have an emphasis on player development are two of the biggest factors he’s looking for in a school.

        “It’s not the most important thing in the world, but that is something that I will want in a school,” Mashack told Polacheck about being able to play as a freshman at a school. “I want a school that wants to play defense and is tough.

        “Also, I love schools that focus on player development. Player development is definitely one thing that I strongly consider in a college, being able to work on my game and improve during the season to become the best player I can be.”

        Defensively, Mashack has the foot quickness to stay in front of guards and the length and physicality to play against forwards as well. His strength is definitely in his defense, and he could be one of the top defenders regardless of position in the entire 2021 class. Offensively, Mashack has some tools to work with and is capable of slashing inside and hitting outside jumpers both. His defense can lead to offense, too.

        Tennessee does not currently have any prospects committed to them in the 2021 cycle, but UT is targeting a handful of the top recruits in the class. Five-stars Kennedy Chandler, Paolo Banchero, Jabari Smith, Harrison Ingram, and Charles Bediako are all interested in the Vols, and four-stars such as Mac Etienne and international prospect Adama Bal are also on UT’s radar.

          Tennessee 2021 quarterback commit Kaidon Salter may have caught the eye of Trent Dilfer on Monday, but the consensus from scouts and analysts in attendance was that the four-star, dual-threat QB from Texas had a slow start and was near the bottom in overall performance among the 20 quarterbacks at the Elite 11 Finals in Nashville.

          That changed on Tuesday, however.

          Tuesday saw the quarterbacks participate in Pro Day-style workouts, and Salter scored higher than the majority of the QBs in attendance. Salter earned a score of 36, good enough for sixth place among the 20 quarterbacks. Five-star Ohio State commit Kyle McCord finished in first by a wide margin with a score of 45 followed by four-star North Carolina commit Drake Maye (40), four-star Oregon commit Ty Thompson (39), four-star USC commit Miller Moss (38), and three-star Missouri commit Tyler Macon (37). Salter notably finished ahead of five-stars JJ McCarthy (34) and Caleb Williams (34).

          The Pro Day-style workout consisted of 18-20 throws with each toss moving progressively down the field.

          According to Sports Illustrated, Salter’s performance was the seventh-best among all the quarterbacks in attendance on Tuesday.

          Sports Illustrated graded throws on a scale of 1-3. Per those ratings, a three is a “money throw” that is thrown and timed accurately, a two is an “all-around solid pass” that got to its target, and a one is an “uncatchable pass” or a “mix of factors leading to an incompletion.”

          In those rankings, four-star Florida commit Carlos Del Rio finished in first place with a grade of 2.47 while totaling 12 money throws. Salter, meanwhile, finished seventh with a grade of 2.37 while connecting on nine money throws.

          “The Tennessee commitment was steady all night long,” wrote Sports Illustrated. “He hit big on the run and outside the numbers and kept a tight spiral well more than not. He looked much more comfortable taking drops and working through his release than the night prior.”

          Wednesday marks the final day of the Elite 11 Finals, and the final rankings will be released shortly after.

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          Salter was one of 20 quarterbacks invited to his year’s Elite 11 Finals, and he becomes the third Vol QB commit in three years to attend the finals. In fact, Salter is the fourth Vol quarterback commit to make it to the Elite 11 Finals over the last six years (Harrison Bailey in 2019, Brian Maurer in 2018, Jarrett Guarantano in 2015).

          The 6-foot-1, 185-pound dual-threat quarterback from Cedar Hill, Texas committed to the Vols on May 10th of this year and has continuously moved up recruiting rankings. He’s now the No. 62 overall prospect and No. 4 dual-threat quarterback in the 2021 class on 247Sports.

          In his first season at Cedar Hill last year, Salter completed 60.8 percent of his 245 pass attempts for 2,550 yards, 28 touchdowns, and just six interceptions while also running for 616 yards and 10 scores on 100 carries. He was named the District 7-6A MVP after leading Cedar Hill to a 9-3 record.

          If you want to keep up with Salter and the rest of the quarterbacks at the Elite 11 Finals, be sure to follow VR2 on Twitter, our recruiting partners here at RTI. VR2 is over in Nashville to cover the event live.

            (Photo via Tennessee Athletics)

            In this episode of the RTI Podcast, managing editor Nathanael Rutherford and staff writer Ben McKee discuss where Tennessee quarterback Jarrett Guarantano ranks among the SEC quarterbacks for 2020 and what could happen with forward Yves Pons in men’s basketball. Where do we think Guarantano ranks among all the quarterbacks in the SEC before the upcoming season, and which QBs would we take over JG to run Tennessee’s offense? Plus, will Yves Pons return to UT for his senior season, or will he stay in the NBA Draft pool? Or will he elect to go overseas instead? If Pons doesn’t return, what will the Vols do to try and replace him?

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              RTI contributor Noah Taylor is the author of this article 

              Former Tennessee head coach Johnny Majors is still being remembered nearly a month after his death.

              Majors passed away on June 3rd at the age of 85, leaving behind a legendary college football career as an All-American player for the Vols and an impressive head coaching career that included a national championship at Pittsburgh and several SEC titles at Tennessee.

              On July 3rd, ESPNU will air “Johnny Majors: Straight Ahead,” an hour-long documentary that will focus on Majors’ life and contributions to the game of college football.

              VFL Films produced the documentary, and it will air on the network at 8 p.m. and then again on July 5th on WVLT Channel 8 in Knoxville at noon Eastern.

              Prior to the documentary, ESPNU will air five hours worth of Majors’ coverage, including the 1991 Sugar Bowl between Tennessee and Virginia at 6 p.m.

              In that Sugar Bowl game, the SEC Champion Vols scored 20 points in the fourth quarter to come from behind and beat the Caviler 23-22.

              As a player between 1954-1956, Majors was twice named the SEC’s Most Valuable Player, as well as an All-American in 1956. That same season, Majors was a Heisman Trophy finalist, finishing second to Notre Dame’s Paul Hornung.

              After winning a national championship at Pittsburgh in 1976, Majors returned to his alma mater and coached Tennessee to three SEC Championships and two Sugar Bowls from 1977 through 1992.

              Majors’ most impressive win as UT’s head coach came in the 1986 Sugar Bowl when the Vols routed the heavily favored and No. 2 ranked Miami Hurricanes, 35-7, in the Superdome in New Orleans.

              Majors was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1987.