Vols’ Top Target Reopens Recruitment, Pushes Back Announcement Date

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    It looked like Tennessee might be getting a commitment from one of the top point guards in the 2019 class later on this month. But now that prospect’s recruitment has taken an unexpected turn, and things are up in the air once again.

    Tre Mann, a four-star point guard from The Village, Florida, originally had announced his top three schools and said a little over a week ago that he planned to make his college decision on July 30th. Now those plans have changed.

    Mann took to Twitter late Friday night to announce that he’s reopening his recruitment to other schools outside his top three of Tennessee, Florida, and Kansas.

    Pat Lawless of PrepCircuit.com later confirmed that Mann not only reopened his recruitment, but his decision date of July 30th has been pushed back. No new date has been specified at this time.

    Mann is the No. 31 overall player and fourth-best point guard in the 2019 class according to the 247Sports Composite rankings. Aside from his former top three of the Vols, Florida, and Kansas, he also holds scholarship offers from Memphis, Indiana, Louisville, LSU, and Texas A&M among others.

    As of right now, Mann hasn’t picked up any official scholarship offers from any new schools. But he does hold an offer from Memphis, and the Tigers did just extend an offer to his friend and another top Tennessee target in four-star forward C.J. Walker on Thursday. Tennessee head coach Rick Barnes and some of his staff were in attendance along with Barnes’ former player and NBA superstar Kevin Durant Friday morning to watch both Mann and Walker play in a summer league game.

    Mann’s decision seemingly has come out of the blue, and it might not be good news for either Tennessee or Florida, the two perceived frontrunners for his commitment. He’s taken an official visit to both Knoxville and Gainesville, but he hasn’t officially visited Kansas yet.

    If the Jayhawks are open to him visiting, then this could be very bad news for the Vols. If Memphis or a blue blood program gets more involved in his recruitment, this could also spell doom for Tennessee’s chances at landing the talented point guard. But as of right now, there’s more mystery and intrigue surrounding Mann’s decision than fact.

    We will keep you updated as more news comes out with Mann.

    The Vols are also pursuing five-star point guard Josiah James as one of their top targets in the 2019 class. James included the Vols in his top nine schools earlier this month. Tennessee has also offered and has been keeping tabs on five-star combo guard Jalen Lecque and four-star combo guard KyKy Tandy.